"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition", Kim Jong Un said in the letter, dated July 6.

"Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions", Kim wrote to Trump, who posted an image of the letter on his Twitter page Thursday.

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition", Kim wrote, referring to North Korea by its acronym.

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition", it added, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting DPRK-US relations will bring our next meeting forward".

The message came after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo returned from his third visit to North Korea.

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Returning the remains of the troops was part of the deal signed by Kim and Trump in Singapore.

The US military also announced that 100 wooden coffins had been dispatch to Panmunjom to receive the remains, although repatriation has yet to take place.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said the North requested talks at a higher level.

"We will be ready", Nauert told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top U.S. diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. The Trump administration released a letter from Kim, dated July 6, after officials say it was given to Pompeo to deliver to Trump when his delegation was recently in the DPRK.

The meeting was about returning the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War.

Pompeo called the talks "productive", although North Korea said it was disappointed with the emphasis on denuclearization with a lack of security guarantees.

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North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

"Both the U.S. and the North are still in discussion over when to meet", the official added.

"We will be ready", USA state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea.

Sanctions imposed by the United Nations in December placed a cap on refined oil exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels annually.

North Korea said Saturday it was seeking the "earliest start of the working-level talks" on the recovery of US remains. It does not, however, give any mention to the end of North Korea's nuclear program, nor the end of the country's regular human rights abuses.

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