What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Aug. 8, Politico reported Aug. 9. The announcement comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful that working-level talks would begin in the coming weeks.
Why It Matters: Although the contents of the letter remain unclear, it could indicate that both countries might soon launch the long-delayed working-level talks, perhaps after the conclusion of U.S.-South Korean military exercises in late August. However, North Korea may continue its recent weapons tests as a way to shore up its negotiating position with the United States.
Background: Talks between the United States and North Korea have not yet materialized even though Trump and Kim promised to negotiate during a surprise meeting at the Demilitarized Zone. Instead, Pyongyang has conducted four weapons tests in displeasure at ongoing joint U.S.-South Korean military drills.