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North Korea Praises Trump but Warns on Ties

North Korea Praises Trump but Warns on Ties

PYONGYANG - Donald Trump has sent a letter to Kim Jong Un detailing a plan to develop ties, state media reported citing the North Korean leader's powerful sister, but she warned their good personal relationship is not enough, as a hiatus in disarmament talks drags on.
The statement by Kim Yo Jong came a day after the nuclear-armed North fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday, the latest such action it has taken this year.
"In the letter, he (Trump)... explained his plan to propel the relations between the two countries of the DPRK and the US and expressed his intent to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic work," an apparent reference to the coronavirus pandemic, Kim Yo Jong said in the statement carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday.
A senior administration official confirmed Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un, "consistent with his efforts to engage global leaders during the ongoing pandemic".
"The President looks forward to continued communications with Chairman Kim", the official said.
While the letter reflects "excellent" ties between the two leaders, Kim Yo Jong warned that broader relations between their two nations are different.
"We try to hope for the day when the relations between the two countries would be as good as the ones between the two top leaders, but it has to be left to time and be watched whether it can actually happen," the sister said.
Analysts say the North has been continuing to refine its weapons capabilities more than a year after a summit between Kim
(AFP)