Trump says Kim wants to meet again and makes “small apology” for missile tests

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meet in the demilitarized zone on June 30. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea's Kim Jong-un wants to meet once again to “start negotiations” after the end of joint US-South Korean military exercises.

The president also said Kim apologized for the flood of recent short-range missile tests that shook US allies in the region.

Trump was tweeting more details of the "beautiful" three-page letter he told reporters on Friday he received from Kim. Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in New Jersey, said Kim spent much of his letter complaining about "the ridiculous and expensive exercises" that North Korea sees as a threat.

He said Kim offered him "a small apology" for the recent tests and assured him "that this test would stop when the exercises are over." North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles at sea, according to the South Korean military - the fifth round of launches in less than three weeks.

“I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future,” wrote Trump.

The two leaders met three times - in Singapore, Hanoi and the Korean demilitarized zone - but critics say Trump has received few concessions in the North Korea nuclear weapons program stalemate in exchange for meetings.

At his second Vietnam summit in February, Trump rejected Kim's demand for widespread relief from sanctions in exchange for dismantling the North's main nuclear complex, a partial phase of disarmament.

The US and South Korea have reduced their main military exercises since the first Trump and Kim summit in June of 2018. But the north insists that even minor fights violate the agreements between Kim and Trump and force him to "develop, test and deploy powerful physical means." essential for national defense ”.

When they last met in June this year, Trump and Kim agreed to resume nuclear work-level negotiations that have been stalled since February, but there have been no known meetings between the two sides since.

Source: Guardian


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