Trump says he is expecting new letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump says he is expecting new letter from Kim Jong Un
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that he is expecting a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I know that a letter is being delivered to me, a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to me, that was handed at the border, I don’t know if you know that, it was handed at the border yesterday," Trump told reporters. "I think it’s going to be a positive letter." 

Trump continued, touting recent developments in relations between the two countries.

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“We have our hostages back, I say it a hundred times, no missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing. There’s been some rhetoric, let’s see what happens,” Trump said.

News of the letter comes on day after Trump thanked Kim for his "unwavering faith" in him amid efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

"Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The tweet came in response to reports following a meeting between Kim and South Korean leaders earlier this week. Kim reportedly expressed a commitment to denuclearization efforts and said he hoped to wrap up the issue by the end of Trump's first term. 

The development followed a recent halt in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. Trump late last month canceled a scheduled trip by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoAs tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Trump's Huawei concession is 'the rope that could hang America' MORE to North Korea, saying at the time, “I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Though there was no substantive progress in reducing North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, Pyongyang  has not appeared to test any missiles or nuclear weapons since the summit. Earlier this year, Kim also returned what the White House has said are the remains of service members who fought in the Korean War.