Seoul welcomes Trump's plan to have phone conversation with Kim Jong

by Garry Watts June 16, 2018, 14:44
Seoul welcomes Trump's plan to have phone conversation with Kim Jong

The move comes after a warming of relations between the two countries and the historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States president Donald Trump.

Trump said that Kim's people "sit up at attention" when he speaks, and Trump wants "my people to do the same".

An "antsy and bored" Donald Trump reportedly attempted to bring his summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea forward by a day, asking aides after his arrival in Singapore on Sunday: "We're here now".

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at longtime adversaries, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and CNN, before going on the defensive when asked about the North Korean leader's human rights record, during an impromptu and wide-ranging media briefing Friday.

"He's the head of the country - and he's the strong head, don't let anyone think anything different", Trump said during the interview.

The historic summit between Mr. Kim Jong Un and Mr. Trump, at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island, was an attempt to end seven decades of open hostilities and establish diplomatic relations between the two nations.

After his interview with the friendly Fox host, Trump was pressed by reporters about Kim's record of human rights atrocities and why he had not more forcefully challenged the North Korean dictator.

When White House reporters later followed up on his comment, Trump said "I'm kidding, you don't understand sarcasm".

China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet
Bush after the US accused North Korea of having an enriched uranium program, a major step in the nuclear weapon building process. However, relations with North Korea, which had seemed to go well, broke down under former President George W.

Trump later told a reporter he was being sarcastic. "I gave him a very direct number".

I call them war games. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. Our unprecedented meeting - the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea - proves that real change is possible!

"I met a general", Trump said on Fox.

Mr. Trump was also pressed about his past claim that Kim loves his people. "I want my people to do the same", he said.

"When I came in, people thought we were probably going to war with North Korea", he said.

Experts were concerned the moment could be used in North Korea's propaganda, but Mr Trump said he was showing respect to the general.

The June 12 summit paved the way for starting a peace process on the peninsula, with the US pledging a security guarantee in exchange for North Korea's denuclearization.

Recently, Park filmed a video op-ed imploring Trump to do the right thing when he meets Kim Jong Un.

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