Shortly after the apparent setback was reported, President Trump tweeted the translation of a letter he had received from Mr Kim, in which the North Korean leader said: "I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President".

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".

The secretary of state did not meet Kim as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang this year, and after his departure, the North's foreign ministry accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands that it unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.

Mr Pompeo had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimize the work that we've achieved", he said.

Mr. Kim did not mention any commitments to the denuclearization process, generally commenting on wanting to improve relations between the two nations.


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A planned meeting Thursday between North Korean and US officials in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas to discuss the return of the remains was postponed.

Last week, North Korea accused the USA of using a "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.

Representatives of the two countries had been poised to meet in Panmunjom, which is regarded as the truce village on the inter-Korean border.

The letter, sent on July 6, was unveiled exactly a month after Trump and Kim's historic summit in Singapore.

Earlier Thursday, after attending the NATO summit in Brussels, he told reporters that there were clear signs of progress with North Korea, most notably that no missile and nuclear tests have occurred for nearly nine months.


In another apparent setback, the USA accused Pyongyang of violating sanctions on refined oil products and ordered the United Nations security council to immediately halt all related deliveries to North Korea.

The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of USA service member remains still somewhere in North Korea.

There are about 7,700 USA soldiers classified as missing in action from the war.

President Trump met with North Korean Dictator 26 days ago.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the North Koreans called around midday to say the meeting would be delayed until July 15.


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