Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump's newfound affinity for Kim making Americans safer

Trump's newfound affinity for Kim making Americans safer

President Donald Trump says in a video message defending his nuclear agreement with North Korea's Kim Jong Un that he must pursue a chance to avert nuclear conflict "at all costs".

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.

Trump has also said North Koreans "love" Kim.

"I would like to re-extend, and ask you to convey to the leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un, our invitation to visit Russia", Putin told Kim Yong-nam, chairman of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, according to a transcript by the Kremlin. "That sounds good. Maybe we are going to have to try it, '" he later said, recounting the outrage that followed.

"I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family".

Some of Trump's domestic critics have also condemned his decision to halt what the president calls "war games" with South Korea - using a pejorative term for military drills that U.S. officials have previously rejected. Asked whether or not the North Korean leader could be trusted, Kang said it was complicated.

Mr Trump also addressed vision aired by North Korean state TV which showed Mr Trump offering a salute to one of Mr Kim's top generals after a missed handshake.

And Trump's unilateral decision to reduce tension by cancelling "provocative" joint exercises by US and South Korean forces appeared to catch both close ally Seoul and some Pentagon officials by surprise.

The US he said, is going to have a very strong verification process for North Korean denuclearisation. "He said no. Do you think it would be a good thing to speak to him, maybe?" "He speaks and his people sit up in attention". Human rights groups estimate that as many as 70,000 Christians are now held in inhumane conditions in prison camps in North Korea, where they are killed and occasionally publicly executed for their faith.

"I want to take a step forward and resolve the (abduction) issue after each of us breaks our mutual distrust", Abe said.

The challenge of defending the agreement became apparent this past week when Pompeo lashed out at a reporter who asked how the US would verify the North's compliance with the deal.

Meanwhile, the presidential Blue House of South Korea said earlier in the day that whether to halt the South Korea-U.S. war games will be announced soon.

"The public still has a lot of questions about the North Korea situation that were not answered by this meeting", Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

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