SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A U.S. official says President Barack Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
The official isn't revealing the letter's contents, but says the note was part of Washington's latest bid to persuade North Korea to return to nuclear talks.
U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth took the letter to Pyongyang last week. The official says he handed it over to North Korean officials during the Obama administration's first bilateral talks since the U.S. president took office.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea is pushing for the lifting of U.N. sanctions over the communist regime's nuclear defiance.
The message was reportedly conveyed last week to the U.S. envoy during his trip to Pyongyang.