Donald Trump jokes he and Kim Jong-un 'fell in love'

30 September, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • North Korea Gifts Hunting Dogs To South Korea President Moon Jae-In

The US President made a number of gushing remarks about his iron-fisted counterpart as he took to the stage at a rally in West Virginia.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us", Ri said.

North Korea has been seeking a formal end to the 1950-53 Korea War, but the United States has said Pyongyang must give up its nuclear weapons first.

But on Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho blamed United States sanctions for the lack of progress since then. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to be on the verge of restarting deadlocked nuclear diplomacy more than three months after the Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Washington is wary of agreeing to the declaration without Pyongyang first making significant disarmament moves.

Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement on Sunday. "No, really - he wrote me attractive letters, and they're great letters", he said.

Mr Trump grumbled that commentators would cast him as "unpresidential" for describing Mr Kim in such glowing terms.

A one-year-old Pungsan breed dog gifted from North Korea
A one-year-old Pungsan breed dog gifted from North Korea

On Wednesday, Trump said he did not have a time frame for this, saying "If it takes two years, three years or five months - doesn't matter".

However, Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday: "Enforcement of Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realize the fully, final, verified denuclearization".

He added: "President Trump has made abundantly clear that if Chairman Kim follows through on his commitments, a much brighter future lies ahead for North Korea and its people, and the United States will be at the forefront of facilitating that bright future".

On Saturday, the same day as Trump's rally, North Korea painted a less chummy picture of the relationship between the two countries.

The paper urged the U.S. to "read the trend correctly and make the right choices", instead of ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea while trying to engage the country in talks.

The Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.


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