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Kim sent birthday greetings in 'very friendly letter,' Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Monday he received birthday wishes in "a very friendly letter" from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The president provided no other details when he mentioned the correspondence after a reporter asked him about North Korea during a question-and-answer session at the White House.

Trump celebrated his 73rd birthday on June 14. It was unclear when Trump received the letter. The president reiterated that he believes North Korea "has a phenomenal future."

The acknowledgement of the birthday letter comes a day after North Korean state news agency KCNA reported that Kim received a personal letter from Trump. What Trump wrote was not revealed, however Kim said it was "of excellent content," according to KCNA.

Trump plans to travel to Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday for talks on North Korea's nuclear program, the office of South Korean President Moon Jae In said earlier Monday. Trump will make the trip after attending the G20 summit in Japan.

The talks are expected to take place Sunday and focus on lasting peace through the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, Moon's office said. The meeting also aims to strengthen the alliance between the U.S. and South Korea.

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Negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons have stalled since February's summit between Kim and Trump ended without result. Tensions between the two countries have been rising as the U.S. continues pushing for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, while North Korea seeks the lifting of international sanctions.

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