US envoy hands letter from Trump for Kim to North Korean minister

In Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ri shook hands and exchanged words and smiles at a Southeast Asian security forum, but had no formal meeting. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 04 August 2018
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US envoy hands letter from Trump for Kim to North Korean minister

  • The letter was a response to one from Kim Jong Un to Trump
  • Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, who has played a prominent role in US talks with North Korea, handed the letter to Ri Yong Ho

JAKARTA: A US diplomat handed over a letter for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from US President Donald Trump to North Korea’s foreign minister at a meeting Singapore on Saturday, a US State Department spokeswoman said.
Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, who has played a prominent role in US talks with North Korea, handed the letter to Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional meeting, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
She said the letter was a response to one from Kim Jong Un to Trump.
In Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ri shook hands and exchanged words and smiles at a Southeast Asian security forum, but had no formal meeting, Nauert said.
Nauert said Pompeo told Ri: “We should meet again soon.” She said Ri replied: “I agree, there are many productive conversations to be had.”


Five mosques vandalized in central England

Updated 9 min 37 sec ago
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Five mosques vandalized in central England

  • British Home Secretary Sajid Javid says that the Birmingham attacks are “deeply concerning”
  • The incidents in Birmingham come just days after an attacker killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand

LONDON: Counter-terrorism officers in central England are investigating attacks on five mosques in which windows were apparently shattered by a sledgehammer.
The attacks in Birmingham are being treated as linked. No motive has been established.
The incidents in Birmingham come just days after an attacker killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand. The attack last week prompted many leaders in the UK to reach out to Muslims and offer support and reassurance.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid says that the Birmingham attacks are “deeply concerning.”
In a tweet, Javid stressed that “hateful behavior has absolutely no place in our society & will never be accepted.”


Birmingham City Council cabinet member Waseem Zaffar wrote on Twitter that the community “will fight back against any hate and division with love, peace and harmony.”