Trump says United States must pursue peace with North Korea ‘at all costs’

Trump says United States must pursue peace with North Korea ‘at all costs’

Trump says United States must pursue peace with North Korea ‘at all costs’

The meeting was held after Kim Jong Un told U.S. President Donald Trump that he would like to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the Sankei Shimbun.

Trump was asked during a Fox News Channel interview outside the West Wing if he would invite Kim to the White House.

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist said the president is trying to make peace with North Korea but is getting unfairly "vilified" following his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Asked who he would speak to on Sunday, Trump said: "Well, I'm going to speak to people in North Korea, and I'm going to speak to my people who are over in North Korea".

After their discussions in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for Kim's reaffirmation of commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

And after the summit, when Trump made the shock announcement that the United States would stop its massive war games with South Korea - a longtime Chinese goal - it was clear that Beijing had made its mark on the proceedings.

And North Korea did not have to pay a cent for it: China furnished a plane, Singapore footed the US$15m-plus bill for the summit, and the media distributed images of the North Korean leader parlaying on equal terms with the USA president to the entire world.

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With Trump's abrupt about-face, his administration appears to be acquiescing to North Korea's request. It was only last September when Trump tweeted: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" And he has destroyed an already collapsing nuclear test site and promised Trump more on other sites.

About 1 in 5 (21 percent) say it was a success for the United States, and almost 3 in 10 (29 percent) say it was a success for North Korea.

The Trump presidential campaign has also benefited from embarrassing disclosures in hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's campaign staff and others. Without even thinking about it, Trump responded by saying that Kim is a "tough guy" and that it was remarkable that he was able to take over as dictator at such a young age.

In the coming days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be working directly with North Korea to implement the denuclearisation deal, he said, adding that in the meantime, sanctions will remain in place.

Now that China has successfully brought itself back into the negotiations, it could use its position for leverage in other areas of its relationship with the United States, he said. The two met earlier this week to begin to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, a summit marked by what Trump said was friendly chemistry between them.

And when Trump announced in March his plan to meet Kim, it looked like Washington was planning to cut out the middleman and make a deal directly with Kim. "We produce something that is attractive", he said.

Trump's controversial quips draw fire from the quick-to-tweet media because they feed into a caricature created by his opponents, said Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist. Trump even sloughed off questions at the news conference about North Korean forced labor camps where thousands are tortured and murdered, saying such things happen elsewhere.

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