President Donald Trump’s choice to be the next ambassador to South Korea has told senators that he believes the USA must continue to worry about the nuclear threat from North Korea.
Kim Yong Nam is the head of the presidium of North Korea’s Supreme Assembly.
Previously, even on a good day, the best he might get was “Trump”.
The move was labelled an extraordinary sign of respect from a sitting President to a hostile regime, by CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi. Now, he’s being called “the president of the United States of America”.
American journalists weren’t allowed into that meeting, which also didn’t appear on President Trump’s official schedule. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump said, according to the Times. A summit could take place in August in the North Korean capital Pyongyang or during an area economic meeting in Vladivostok, Russia in September. Trump held out his hand for a handshake. More (53%) said they hadn’t heard about his concession to Kim.
There was also broad skepticism among Republicans on Capitol Hill in the immediate aftermath of the Trump-Kim summit, and the release of brief agreement.
On South Korea-US joint military drills, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that it is a matter for the South Korea-US alliance and it should be coordinated between the allies’ military authorities.
Trump obviously didn’t get the memo that USA presidents salute US military service members, although they aren’t required to, but don’t generally salute foreign military members.
Yesterday, Mr Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after his shock meeting with the North Korean dictator.
China’s foreign ministry issued a statement praising the resolve of Trump and Kim. He was recorded telling Kim that reporters “never stop” as the pair were being photographed and asked questions by the media just minutes after they first met.
Will the Singapore summit be the beginning of a new era?
North Korean state television has aired footage of Kim Jong-un’s historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, with the report describing Kim as a “prominent world leader” who is universally revered.
For the average North Korean, the state media’s coverage of Kim’s diplomatic blitz this year must seem nothing short of astonishing. And on Trump’s behest, they’ve cooperated with United Nations sanctions on the country.
What this all means for the future is a complicated matter.
He explained that he had spoken with nuclear experts and believes that when the denuclearization process is “20 percent through”, North Korea will be at a point where it “can’t go back”.
Trump also declared on social media on Wednesday that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, after his meeting with Kim.