South Korea has suspended its summertime civil defence drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to send back remains of U.S. soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean War to the U.S.at their summit last month in Singapore.
However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified.
North Korea may allow the United States to resume a search for thousands of American war dead from the 1950-53 Korean War, but it will be months before excavations can begin and years until bone fragments are identified, a senior USA official said.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the head of US intelligence to assess whether North Korea's posture and actions regarding denuclearization match up with the Trump administration's claims.
In the note, Kim addresses Trump formally, calling him "Your Excellency Mr. President", ( five times) and describes the June 12 meeting of the two leaders as "the start of a meaningful journey". "Looking round farm machines and tractors of the workteam, he acquainted himself with how many tractors it has and how it operates them", KCNA reports.
It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to.
United Nations honor guards carry on December 14, 1993 a soldier's remains who died during the Korean War.
Trump's remarks, which he made in a brief exchange with reporters before departing on a week-long trip to Europe, follow a report last week by a South Korean newspaper that Trump had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to deliver a copy of the CD to Kim during a trip to Pyongyang last week. The U.S. -led United Nations Command's public affairs office referred questions to the State Department.
North Korea also proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.
Pompeo underscored the importance he places on the issue earlier this week when he tweeted that North Korea had committed to repatriating remains. 5,300 of that number are believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which marks the border between the two Koreas.
Trump called Kim "Little Rocket Man" or "Rocket Man" in several tweets in 2017 and early 2018 and has said that North Korea's continued threats against the US would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".