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U.S. envoy hands off Trump letter for Kim

Reuters

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, right, is handed a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, by a member of the U.S. delegation at the ASEAN meeting in Singapore on Saturday.

Reuters JAKARTA (Reuters) — A U.S. diplomat handed over a letter for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from U.S. President Donald Trump to North Korea’s foreign minister at a meeting Singapore on Saturday, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, who has played a prominent role in U.S. talks with North Korea, handed the letter to Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

She said the letter was a response to one from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

In Singapore, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ri shook hands and exchanged words and smiles at a Southeast Asian security forum, but had no formal meeting, Nauert said.

Nauert said Pompeo told Ri: “We should meet again soon.” She said Ri replied: “I agree, there are many productive conversations to be had.” Speech

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