By Bonnie Kristian
President Trump remains as optimistic as ever about his personal relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Kim wrote a “really beautiful letter,” Trump told reporters Friday, announcing that he expects to meet with the dictator again soon. “In a letter to me sent by [Kim Jong-un], he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint [U.S.-South Korea] joint exercise are over,” the president added on Twitter over the weekend. “A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!”
The news from North Korea, meanwhile, was rather less hopeful, with Pyongyang complaining about joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises and suggesting it would cut Seoul out of future talks. “Though we are to enter into a dialogue in future as the currents flow in favor of dialogue,” said a Sunday statement from Kim’s government, “[South Korea] had better keep in mind that this dialogue would be held strictly between the DPRK and the [United States], not between the North and the South.”
This piece was originally published by The Hill on August 16, 2019. Read more HERE.