Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump heaps praise on 'tough guy' Kim Jong Un

Trump heaps praise on 'tough guy' Kim Jong Un

Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean nuclear threat.

Just months ago, Kim and Trump were trading threats and personal insults as the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Trump has sought to portray his unprecedented meeting with Kim as a significant accomplishment that has made the world less vulnerable to the North's nuclear arsenal.

"Two men. Two leaders".

Chinese state media described the summit as a "starting point" but said "no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes".

Trump's intense personalization of the 70-year conflict creates new risks in a relationship historically fraught with violence, misunderstanding and outright deceit. The exercises are meant to ensure that South Korean and USA troops are ready to respond to sudden North Korean aggression. Mr Trump focused instead on playing up the rewards.

He said he was confident Pyongyang understood the need for verification that it was dismantling its nuclear programme. This was all the Singapore summit really accomplished.

Critics fear that Pyongyang is a more hard case.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

Trump's declaration that the media is America's "enemy" came just hours after Trump claimed that North Korea was negotiating in "good faith" with the United States over denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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The interview was taped aboard Air Force One while Mr. Trump was heading back from Singapore, after he and Kim met and signed a joint statement outlining their objectives.

Trump pledged to work on the issue, but the Singapore agreement included no language on the return of abductees.

It was not clear how the denuclearization would be verified given the country's secrecy and reluctance to work with global inspectors.

Iran had agreed to round-the-clock monitoring of its declared nuclear facilities. Jong Un is widely suspected of killing of his half-brother.

Critics of the deal called this an unacceptable black hole for inspectors, who thus could not possibly verify Iranian compliance, and insisted on snap access to all of Iran's military facilities- a red line for Tehran, which called it a breach of their sovereignty.

Japanese officials are planning to unofficially consult with North Korean officials during a two-day global conference in Mongolia through Friday. There is no guise that the program has a civilian nuclear objective as there was in Iran. If so, what is he willing to concede in exchange?

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that further USA talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week".

Pompeo's remarks follow Trump's Trump's tweets Wednesday, after returning from the summit. And Kim, for his part, has offered no specificity. You know, we did sanctions and all the things you would do but I think without the rhetoric, you know, other administrations, I don't want to get specific on that, but you know they had a policy of silence.

Rounding out Trump's positive appraisal of leaders with a tight grip on power, the president was asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and his call to reinstate Russian Federation into the G-7 alliance. "If you can do that at 27 years old, I mean that's one in 10,000 that could do that".

The conservative Chosun Ilbo, the country's biggest paper, was more critical, denouncing Trump for offering the end of military drills while failing to convince the North to commit to verifiably giving up its nukes for good.

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