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Trump Tweets North Korea News

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 6:00 pm

[Headlines from DRJ]

Trump: Kim says ready to restart talks when U.S.-South Korea joint drills end:

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Kim Jong Un told him he was ready to resume talks on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and would stop missile testing as soon as U.S.-South Korea military exercises end.

Trump and Kim have met twice since their first summit in Singapore last year, but little progress has been on Washington’s aim of getting the North Korean leader to give up his weapons.

“I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!” Trump said on Twitter.

The sticking point delaying their next meeting seems to be the computer-simulated joint exercises between the US and South Korea:

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Saturday, South Korea said, in a “show of force” against the exercises.

More missile launches are highly probable, as the North Korean military is conducting its own summer drills, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. The exercises are largely computer-simulated as an alternative to previous large-scale annual drills that were halted to expedite denuclearization talks.

In his tweet, Trump said Kim sent him a letter saying “very nicely” that he wanted to meet once the “ridiculous and expensive” U.S.-South Korea exercises were over. Trump added: “It was also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end.”

Trump had previously ended the full-scale joint exercises to please Kim but without gaining any concessions. However, that didn’t dampen Trump’s praise for Kim’s “positive letter:”

Trump previously praised the contents of Kim’s letter in remarks to reporters on Friday, calling it a “beautiful” gesture by the North Korean leader.

“I think we’ll have another meeting,” Trump said. “He really wrote a beautiful, three-page — I mean, right from top to bottom — a really beautiful letter. And maybe I’ll release the results of the letter, but it was a very positive letter.”

This reminds me of those old movies where the couple argue and then make up (but only after the guy gives the girl expensive make-up gifts), only to repeat again and again.


8 Responses to “Trump Tweets North Korea News”

  1. What a foopter!

    nk (dbc370)

  2. Gotta’ keep in character.

    MasterBaker (bcae7b)

  3. The South Korean president seems to be in the driver’s eat here, and he’s rather a dove on North Korea. The previous SK president had a tougher (and successful) policy towards NK until she was impeached.

    Trump is feckless wrt the Kims, but he’s not alone. No one wants the war that is the alternative, so they’ll kick the can as long as they can. With the predictable long-term disaster.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  4. “I’ll meet with you as soon as you quit supporting your allies” seems to be a successful tactic with Trump, no wonder dictators keep using it.

    Nic (896fdf)

  5. “The screwball comedy.” 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. Good point, Nic.

    I realized I was channeling you when I did that, DCSCA, but it really does feel that way.

    DRJ (15874d)

  7. This reminds me of those old movies where the couple argue and then make up (but only after the guy gives the girl expensive make-up gifts), only to repeat again and again.

    Trump must only be in it for the makeup sex. (Sorry to go all crude on everyone, but it is Saturday night and this is the late show in Patterico’s Lounge.)

    JVW (54fd0b)

  8. He had much, much more to say at two fundraisers on Friday:

    Trump also made fun of US allies South Korea, Japan and the European Union — mimicking Japanese and Korean accents — and talked about his love of dictators Kim Jong Un and the current ruler of Saudi Arabia.

    He started by saying how the EU had not paid its share to NATO and he insisted it does so.
    Talking about South Korea, Trump said it makes great TVs and has a thriving economy, “So why are we paying for their defense. They’ve got to pay.” He then mimicked the accent of the leader Moon Jae-in while describing how he caved in to Trump’s tough negotiations.

    On his remarkable friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, “I just got a beautiful letter from him this week. We are friends. People say he only smiles when he sees me.

    “If I hadn’t been elected president we would be in a big fat juicy war with North Korea. “

    Turning to Japan, Trump then put on a fake Japanese accent to recount his conversations with Shinzo Abe over their conversations over trade tariffs.

    Trump spoke about his friendship with Abe and how fascinated he was with Abe’s father, who had been a kamikaze pilot. Trump asked Abe if the kamikaze pilots were drunk or on drugs. Abe said no, they just loved their country. Trump remarked, “Imagine they get in a plane with a half a tank of gas and fly into steel ships just for the love of their country!”

    It’s almost like we put a couple of stoners from the 1970’s into the Oval Office… (mild language warning)

    Dave (1bb933)

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