Trump boasts bromance with Kim Jong Un, says they 'fell in love'

Geneva Stokes
September 30, 2018

On Saturday, North Korea's top diplomat Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations that Pyongyang doesn't see a "corresponding response" from the USA to its proposals to disarm.

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

So far, all three, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the North has not even agreed to define basic terms such as "denuclearisation", "verifiable", and "irreversible".

Trump has made repeated efforts to flatter Kim, even as talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear programme sputtered following the two leaders' landmark June summit in Singapore.

He said the continued sanctions are "deepening our mistrust" and deadlocking the current diplomacy.

Kim expressed an openness to denuclearizing during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In last week, but indicated North Korea would only do so if the USA took undefined "corresponding measures".

The leaders shook hands at least nine times during the summit, with Mr Trump describing the North Korean dictator as "very talented".

'I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done'.

Ri said it was a "pipe dream" that continued sanctions and U.S. objection to a declaration to formally end the Korean war would ever bring the North to its knees.

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Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement on Sunday.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the USA", he added.

Instead, he noted, the U.S. is continuing sanctions aimed at keeping up pressure. "And we would go back and forth".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Ri in NY and is planning to go to Pyongyang next month to continue discussions.

"And then we fell in love, okay" he said.

Even so, the tone of Ri's speech was dramatically different from previous year, when he told the UN General Assembly that targeting the USA mainland with North Korea's rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Trump called Kim a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

The Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

This comment comes just days after the US President flaunted his relationship with Kim after receiving another "extraordinary letter" from Pyongyang.

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