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Trump: Kim's letter criticized U.S.-South Korea military exercises

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Ben Hooper
President Donald Trump, pictured with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during June talks, said a letter he received from Kim was largely dedicated to protesting the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. White House File Photo by Shealah Craighead/UPI
President Donald Trump, pictured with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during June talks, said a letter he received from Kim was largely dedicated to protesting the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. White House File Photo by Shealah Craighead/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 10 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that much of the "long letter" he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was dedicated to "complaining about the ridiculous and expensive" joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Trump tweeted Saturday, one day after he revealed to the news media that he had received a "beautiful" three-page letter from Kim, that the North Korean leader expressed an interest in meeting once the military exercises are concluded.

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"In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises," Trump tweeted.

"It was also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!" he wrote.

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Kim and Trump met last at the border village of Panmunjom in June.

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