North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US president Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
The letter pre-dates North Korea’s latest launch of short-range projectiles a week ago, and is the second letter Trump received from Kim last month amid stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries. In the second letter, which was passed to Trump in the third week of August, Kim spoke of his willingness to meet Trump for another summit, one source reportedly told the Joongang Ilbo newspaper.
The White House, the US State Department and the North Korean mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump and Kim have met three times since June last year to discuss ways to resolve a crisis over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, but substantive progress has not been made.
Last week’s round of short-range North Korean missiles came just hours after vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui said North Korea was willing to have “comprehensive discussions” late this month. Trump subsequently said he would be willing to meet Kim at some point later this year.