"Great progress being made".
North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with United States officials at the demilitarized zone Thursday, where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.
"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".
President Donald Trump shows the document that he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signed acknowledging the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.
American officials have been on standby for weeks and have sent wooden coffins and flags to Panmunjom in preparation for a handover. Roughly 5,300 U.S. troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.
North Korean officials did not attend a planned meeting with Americans to discuss the return of USA soldiers' remains, officials have said.
"We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea". A confidential USA report presented to the United Nations security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.
But Thursday's no-show comes after Kim scuttled a rendezvous with Pompeo during his trip to Pyongyang.
Media reports following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week painted a dire picture of denuclearization talks, seizing on a statement released by North Korea's Foreign Ministry decrying the Trump administration's "gangster-like" approach.
Pompeo dismissed the criticism, stating the North Koreans "did not push back" at discussions over the circumstances under which Pyongyang might surrender and dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable.
During an official visit to Britain, Trump posted images of the Korean-language letter from Kim and its English translation. Although Pompeo called the meetings "productive", North Korea said the lack of emphasis on security guarantees was "regretful".