Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

White House: Trump salute to NK general 'a common courtesy'

White House: Trump salute to NK general 'a common courtesy'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump are pictured during their historic summit Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

"He is the strong head", Trump said of Kim during a surprise appearance on Fox News.

The high-stakes meeting is apparently now serving as inspiration for Trump, who told Fox News' Steve Doocy outside the White House Friday morning that he desires the same brand of dictatorial effect Kim has on repressed North Korean citizens.

"I have solved that problem", said the billionaire tycoon.

He noted that the joint statement signed by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed an earlier declaration signed in April.

The awkward moment raised some eyebrows because the US and North Korea technically are still at war.

But on Friday, citing two people "familiar with preparations for the event", the Washington Post said the president's impatience and a "tense" staff meeting with North Korean officials left "left some aides fearful that the entire summit might be in peril".

When pressed by a reporter as to what he meant by this remark, Trump insisted, "I'm kidding".

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"He speaks and people sit up at attention", Trump said.

You haven't had a missile test in seven months, ' he said, referencing North Koreans refrain from provocative ballistic missile launches. "They thought Trump was going to get in, "he's going to start throwing bombs all over the place" - it's actually the opposite".

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the military talks will focus on carrying out agreements from a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in where they vowed to take materialized steps to reduce military tensions and eliminate the danger of war.

He added that Mr Trump and Mr Kim had a "blunt conversation" about the changes needed for North Korea to rejoin the world community.

"We would be very happy to see you".

"What he did was criminal, what he did was a awful thing to the people, what he did was so bad, in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country", Trump said.

The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.

Harry Harris, the Trump administration's nominee to be ambassador to South Korea, said that major military exercises should be paused to give Kim Jong-un a chance to prove whether he is "serious".

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