The White House confirms Trump's letter to North Korea, Kim, before his trip to Asia

FILE PHOTO: A person walks past a banner displaying North Korean and American flags in front of North Korea. Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon / Photo File

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House confirmed Sunday that President Donald Trump had sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a few days before the US president's departure for a trip to Japan and South Korea.

"A letter has been sent by President Trump and correspondence between the two leaders is underway," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an e-mail.

Earlier, the North Korean official KCNA news agency had stated that Kim would seriously consider the contents of the letter, details not detailed by the letter.

According to the KCNA report, Kim qualified the letter as "excellent content" and "seriously consider the content of interest".

Negotiations between North Korea and the United States got bogged down after the failure of a summit in February between Trump and the North Korean leader in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A US official said on Wednesday that the US had no preconditions for new negotiations, but that progress would be needed if meaningful and verifiable measures were taken by North Korea to abandon its program. 39, nuclear weapons.

Trump will leave for Asia later this week for the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, and meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Seoul.

Report by Jeff Mason; Edited by Phil Berlowitz

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