The ups and downs since Trump first met North Korea's Kim

The ups and downs since Trump first met North Korea's Kim

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would not approve of USA intelligence agencies using family members of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as assets, a day after a report that Kim's half brother had traveled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact before being assassinated there in 2017.

Trump first revealed to reporters Tuesday that he "just received a handsome letter from Kim Jong Un" at a time when their denuclearization-for-peace talks appeared to have publicly stalled. "We have a very good relationship".

The sister, Kim Yo Jong, visited the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas to pay her respects to Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, a South Korean official said.

Trump said he received the letter from Kim on Monday, the first since the February summit in Hanoi, which both leaders left empty-handed.

Trump's remarks followed a bombshell Wall Street Journal report, which said that Kim Jong Nam - the mysteriously assassinated half-brother of Kim - had been a source for the American intelligence agency. "But Kim Jong Nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia".

He said this week he received "a attractive letter" from Kim and shrugged off a Wall Street Journal report that Kim's half-brother was a Central Intelligence Agency source, telling reporters he would tell Kim that he "would not let that happen under my auspices". The US is not saying it wants more sanctions on North Korea but believes it's important to stop these illegal fuel shipments so they don't happen again.

In May, Kim oversaw the test launch of new, short-range missiles while giving a cold shoulder to projects planned with South Korea.

Most stress the two leaders' commitment to working toward complete denuclearization, but lack mention of specific steps.

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North Korea has conducted short-range missile tests and complained of USA pressure, while the United States has doubled down on its enforcement of sanctions on North Korea.

Kim Jong Nam was killed on February 13, 2017, when two young women smeared VX nerve agent on his face at a Kuala Lumpur International Airport terminal.

North Korea has violated sanctions by importing more oil than is permitted by the United Nations, by using illicit ship-to-ship transfers on the high seas, the USA tells the U.N.in a new still-unpublished report, obtained by CBS News. -North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019.

Kim Hyo-sun has this report.

Lee Wolosky calls for the U.S.to drop charges against anti-regime activists.

President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday warned that denuclearization talks between the USA and North Korea could run aground if the silence goes on much longer.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Thursday, "Regarding this, the Korean government holds the position that the sanctions on North Korea should be faithfully implemented".

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