Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump says he and North Korea’s Kim ‘fell in love’

Trump says he and North Korea’s Kim ‘fell in love’

Seoul says more than 30,000 North Koreans have illegally crossed the border since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Pompeo is planning to visit Pyongyang next month.

In 2000, late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, sent two Pungsan dogs to then-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung when they held the first inter-Korean summit.

North Korea's foreign minister put much of the blame for the stalled momentum on US domestic politics.

But denuclearisation negotiations have stalled.

On Saturday, September 29, the US President fuelled his "bromance" with Kim as he claimed that "they fell in love" after receiving "beautiful letters" from the leader of the nuclear-armed state.

Last August, after USA media reported Pyongyang had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit into a missile, Trump warned Pyongyang not to threaten the United States or it would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen". Regarding the still biggest story in US politics, the imperiled Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, Trump largely echoed his previous comments in support the judge. "No, really - he wrote me handsome letters, and they are great letters".

Mr Trump was likely referring to the letters he received from Mr Kim that his White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders described at the time as "a very warm, very positive letter."

The remarks by North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho underscored lingering friction between the nations, even as they plan a second Trump-Kim meeting. And then we fell in love.

Putting on the voice of a news reader, he said: "Why has President Trump given up so much?"

Mr Kim has also promised to dismantle North Korea's main missile testing and launching site, and said he could decommission the main nuclear test site, if the U.S. took some reciprocal action.

The subject of North Korea-U.S. relations have been raised several times during the course of the week at the United Nations by a number of member states.

"But instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we'd have about 200 people standing there".

However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the UN Security Council on Thursday that "enforcement of Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realise the fully, final, verified denuclearisation".

Nevertheless, Trump cheered his summit, claiming that North Korea "no longer" posed a nuclear threat.

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