Kim Jong Un is becoming quite the nuisance in 2019, despite having an inordinate amount of attention spent on him by the President of the United States.
Donald Trump has long maintained that a diplomatic approach to dealing with North Korea could resolve many of the international gripes against the hermit kingdom. In many ways, his achievement so far have been momentous. Trump is the first US President to ever step foot into North Korea, and did so accompanied by a handshake from Kim himself.
It was a bizarre piece of television, that’s for sure, but you understood implicitly that progress had been made. Real progress – not the sort that congressional democrats are claiming make with legislation this year.
In the weeks since Kim and Trump last spoke trouble has been brewing, with North Korea sending several banned missile tests skyward.
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Today, President Trump issued a response to the DPRK’s digressions.
President Trump stood up for Kim Jong Un a day after North Korea fired yet another missile into the Sea of Japan, the Hill reports. “These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands,” the president said Friday in a three-tweet thread. He acknowledged that North Korea’s third missile launch in a little more than a week “may be a United Nations violation”—and it does defy UN sanctions, per Deutsche Welle—but Trump said that “Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust.”
“I may be wrong,” the president continued, “but I believe that Chariman [sic] Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!”
It’s always two steps forward and four steps back with North Korea, isn’t it?
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