The Korean magazine published the exchange letter of Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim

The Journal of Foreign Affairs and Security published 27 letters Mr. Trump exchanged with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2018 – 2019.

27 letters between Trump and Kim from April 2018 to August 2019 were published this week in the magazine Chorus Journal of the Korean-American Association, a non-profit organization of Korean journalists operating in the United States. Mr. Trump sent 16 letters, while the North Korean leader sent 11.

The Korea-U.S. Association did not say how it accessed the letters, but the organization has repeatedly published diplomatic documents. “The letter is made public so that the world can further study these documents and improve understanding for people in different countries,” said Lee Kang Duk, president of the Korean-American Association.

“I am ready to work with you wholeheartedly,” Kim said in the letter dated April 1, 2018, nearly six weeks before meeting President Trump for the first time at the summit in Singapore. On the same day, Trump replied that he was happy to meet the leader of North Korea to significantly improve relations between the two governments.

Trump also sent a letter thanking Kim for returning the remains of 55 American soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War. “Thank you for keeping your promise,” Trump wrote in the August 2, 2018 letter. “I look forward to seeing you soon.”

The North Korean leader sent Trump more letters in the three months after their first meeting in Singapore. At the time, Pyongyang was under increasing pressure to begin negotiations on the possibility of denuclearization.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their meeting in Singapore in June 2018.  Photo: Reuters.

US President Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their meeting in Singapore in June 2018. Image: Reuters.

The North Korean leader also sent Trump a happy birthday letter in 2019, referring to the one-year anniversary of their meeting in Singapore. Two days later, Mr Trump wrote back, saying that he and Chairman Kim Jong-un had “a unique relationship and a special friendship”.

The Korus Journal reported that Kim sent two letters in September 2018, expressing his desire to discuss privately with Trump about the possibility of North Korea’s denuclearization. Kim wants the meeting not to include South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo because it is “unnecessary”.

“The military activities of the US and South Korea threaten our safety. If these factors are not eliminated, there will be no change,” Kim wrote in the letter.

The two leaders actively exchanged letters for about a year until the second summit in Hanoi made no progress. In Kim’s last letter in August 2019, he complained to Trump that North Korea had received nothing from the United States.

“Up to now, it is still difficult for me and my colleagues to understand your decision and behavior, as well as that of the Korean authorities,” he wrote on August 5, 2019.

Kim said he was “insulted” by the drills jointly conducted by US and South Korean troops. “We have a very strong military. Everyone knows that the South Korean armed forces are not comparable to ours. Regardless of the differences in military strength, I have no intention of attacking South Korea or not. I don’t really intend to do that,” he said.

Thanh Tam (Theo NextShark/Stars and Stripes)

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