Trump Continues His Obsequious Praise For A Bloody Dictator

Trump Continues His Obsequious Praise For A Bloody Dictator

Trump Continues His Obsequious Praise For A Bloody Dictator

North Korea has stressed principles of mutual respect and sovereignty in global relations, following the historic summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump last week.

Trump said president Barack Obama told him before he took office that the "most unsafe problem" for the United States was North Korea's nuclear weapons program. He added: "If you're fair, when I came in, people thought we were probably going to war with North Korea".

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have "great chemistry" and claimed the stand-off with the nuclear-armed Asian nation is "largely solved".

"Our definition of denuclearization is they give up all their fissile material, facilities, nuclear material taken out, irrevocably and verifiably", says Jung Pak, top Korea expert at the Brookings Institution and a former senior CIA Korea analyst.

In the early months of Mr Trump's presidency, North Korea's missile tests and sabre-rattling rhetoric from the president - he warned that Mr Kim's regime would be subjected to "fire and fury" if it used nuclear weapons - heightened tensions dramatically.

But there is no indication that the two leaders discussed cybersecurity, worrying experts who warn that North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities pose an immediate threat to US interests that warrant high-level attention.

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy.

Trump accepted North Korea deliberately vague language about “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, with no specific reference to its nuclear weapons

Trump indicated a White House visit by Kim was possible: "Hey he's the head of a country", Trump said.

To some extent, officials in Tokyo and Seoul have grown accustomed to Mr. Trump's seat-of-the-pants decision making, and they also know that not everything he says ends up as official policy.

"I have solved that problem", Trump said. While there is some truth in both camps, most pundits will prove to have been wrong simply because the Kim-Trump bromance is neither conventional nor predictable. In addition, there were reports after the summit that the United States would halt joint military exercises with South Korea. But, on this, Trump failed big time: The joint statement that emerged from the summit included no such firm commitments, using vague language on denuclearization that is interpreted very differently by the two sides. In one particularly terrible sound byte, the president said that Kim is a "strong head" and admired the way that the - I repeat - dictator commands "his people".

"We have a really great relationship [with North Korea] for the first time ever, no president's ever had this", he said. We are afraid to sing, say, wear, or think what we want.

Trump on Sunday also re-posted one of his tweets from last week that contained multiple, previously unreported photographs from the G7 summit showing Trump smiling and seeming comfortable with other world leaders.

Those harsh exchanges are now apparently over - since the summit, Trump has lavished praise on Kim, once a global pariah credibly accused of torturing and starving tens of thousands of his own citizens. This would serve both as a form of ego-gratification; a summit with North Korea is something that none of his predecessors, including Barack Obama, were able to pull off.


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