President Donald Trump said that the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized to him for recent missile tests. He also asked for another meeting amid delayed nuclear negotiations.
Trump said he received a personal letter for Kim Jong Un in which he proposed the two leaders meet. To start negotiations as promptly as joint U.S.-South Korean military drills, which booted off earlier this week, we’re done. It was an apology letter, but mostly, “It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises.” Trump said that Kim assured him they would stop when exercises end.
The president also mentioned that Kim had expressed dismay with “war games” conducted by South Korea and its allies, which include the U.S.
“And, as you acknowledge, I’ve never liked it either,” Trump said. “North Korea being Nuclear-Free will lead to one of the most thriving countries in the world!” Trump said he was looking forward to seeing Kim in “the not too distant future.”
North Korea has been sending out those experiments to display anger covering a two-week military training, the U.S. and South Korea are recorded to begin on Sunday. The exercises are also meant to develop North Korea’s leverage in bilateral talks that Washington desires to start soon with North Korea.
North Korea has always objected any mutual military drills that go on between Washington and Seoul. Denouncing them as preparations for invasion, and has often responded to them with its missile and additional weapons tests.
But what makes the North’s complaints unique this year is that Mr. Trump has also openly criticized and even ridiculed the exercises. They have been a linchpin of the seven-decade-old South Korean-United States alliance. Mr. Trump has said they cost too much, and South Korea does not pay enough for them.
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