N.Korea denies Kim sending 'nice note' to Trump

N.Korea denies Kim sending 'nice note' to Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that he recently received "a nice note" from Kim Jong-un has been dismissed by North Korea's foreign ministry as "ungrounded."

Trump told a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday that "I received a nice note from him (Kim) recently".

"It was a nice note. I think we're doing fine," Trump said.

The president has also defended nuclear diplomacy with Kim now stalled, saying that if he had not been elected, the US would have been at war with North Korea.

In a statement, North Korea's foreign ministry said there was no letter recently sent by "the supreme leadership" to Trump, a reference to Kim.

This said it should examine why "the ungrounded story" has been released to the media by the US leadership.

"The relations between the top leaders of (North Korea) and the US are not an issue to be taken up just for diversion nor it should be misused for meeting selfish purposes," the statement said.

Kim and Trump have met three times since 2018, when they began talks on North Korea's weapons program, and have exchanged letters and envoys on several occasions.

The two leaders built up some personal ties, and once Trump said he and Kim "fell in love"

After the collapse of their second Vietnam summit in early 2019, when Trump rejected Kim's calls for comprehensive sanctions relief in exchange for a partial denuclearisation move, the nuclear diplomacy has made little headway.

North Korea said Trump sent Kim a personal letter in March, seeking to maintain friendly ties and promising cooperation in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

At the time, Kim's sister and senior official, Kim Yo Jong, said Trump's letter revealed how special the relationship was between the two leaders, but it wasn't a good idea to be positive about their country's prospects for bilateral ties.

Image: US President Donald Trump told reporters North Korea's Kim Jong-un sent him a 'nice note' recently. Credit: AP