Kim Jong-un sends gushing letters to Donald Trump about them holding hands

Kim Jong-un has sent gushing letters to US president Donald Trump, and it even reminisces the time the duo held hands.

In the letters, one described Donald Trump as "powerful and preeminent" as Kim Jong-un wrote about their first meeting.

The two leaders first met face-to-face in June 2018 at the historic North Korea – United States Singapore summit.

Letters have been shared by the President for a new book penned by a journalist, reports Mirror Online.

In one note, the North Korean despot told Trump he was "pleased to have formed good ties" with the businessman-turned-politician.

"I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency," Kim wrote, before referring to a time they held hands.

"That moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day," the dictator said

Another letter saw Kim imagining another meeting with Trump "reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film".

The president shared the letters with Watergate journalist Bob Woodward in February for his new book Rage, though he refused to give details of his responses.

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Trump did, however, admit thinking "Holy s**t" when he first met Kim and realised he was "far beyond smart", before claiming the dictator branded Barack Obama an "a**hole".

The two leaders' meeting came as something of a shock after they traded insults in 2017 as North Korea made large advances in its nuclear and missile programme.

The US responded by leading an international effort to tighten sanctions.

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But relations improved significantly at the June 2018 Singapore summit – the first time a serving US president had met with a North Korean leader.

Specifics about the meeting were sparse and a follow-up in February 2019 saw further stalemate as the US called for North Korea to completely give up its nuclear weapons while Kim demanded swift sanctions relief.

Critics claim the summits were of little substance other than political point scoring for the Trump administration, while others suggest the encounters served as platforms to give the despot legitimacy with little progress in disarmament.

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