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.”


Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes in the Pacific, no damage reported on Fiji

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji. (US Geological Society)
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Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes in the Pacific, no damage reported on Fiji

LOMBOK: A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.
The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.
The quake’s depth at 347.7 miles (560 km) would have dampened the shaking at the surface.
The director of Fiji’s Mineral Resources Department, which runs the country’s seismology unit, told Reuters on Sunday the earthquake was widely felt, but there were no reports of damage.
“We are monitoring the situation and some places felt it, but it was a very deep earthquake,” Director Apete Soro said by telephone.
The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.
“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.
The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.
Hotel staff in Neiafu told Reuters by telephone that they did feel the earthquake, but it did not cause any damage.
The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.