Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democrats slam Trump's meeting with Kim

Democrats slam Trump's meeting with Kim

"I outlined the incredible prosperity that awaits North Korea when this whole thing gets settled", Trump told USA military personnel at Osan Air Base in South Korea. Kim said, "We want to bring an end to our unpleasant past and bring in a new future, so this is a very courageous and determined act". Trump met with Kim in North Korea, the first sitting U.S president to enter that country.

South Korean army soldiers look toward the North's side.

Though Trump has been criticized for making many favorable remarks about Kim, the newspaper said that "overturning common sense and departing from formality and protocol is necessary" to achieve progress. They stood on North Korean territory for their third meeting, shook hands and then spoke in private for almost an hour.

This weekend, things changed drastically, as President Trump suggested, in the wake of the G-20 meeting, that he could maybe stop by the Korean demilitarized zone to meet with Kim Jong Un. "North Korea and South Korea are both in much better places than they were two and a half years ago".

"The Obama administration was begging for a meeting, there were begging for meetings constantly, and Chairman Kim would not meet him", Trump said on Sunday.

The disagreements between the USA and North Korea remain vast.

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In their public comments Sunday, neither Trump nor Kim gave any indication of softening their stances.

"Our President shouldn't be squandering American influence on photo-ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator", said Senator Elizabeth Warren, referring to correspondence including a birthday card over which Trump voiced delight. Score: Grisham 1, North Korean guards 0.

A senior United States official involved in North Korean policy told the Times "there was no way to know if North Korea would agree to this", and noted that in the past, North Korean negotiators "insisted" that only Kim "could define what dismantling Yongbyon meant", according to the report.

USA officials have given mixed signals about whether they are open to an incremental approach, whereby Pyongyang would give up its nuclear program in stages in exchange for reciprocal steps by Washington.

Trump also defended his North Korea policy and blasted media that have questioned whether he should meet with Kim, given that talks with North Korea are stalled. Trump warned that if war broke out, he would rain "fire and fury" on North Korea.

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