Trump Renews Defense of North Korea Agreement

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

The high-stakes meeting is apparently now serving as inspiration for Trump, who told Fox News' Steve Doocy outside the White House Friday morning that he desires the same brand of dictatorial effect Kim has on repressed North Korean citizens.

Donald Trump said he wishes people would "sit up and pay attention" to him the way they do in North Korea when Kim Jong Un speaks.

Meanwhile, 21% of respondents judged the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a success for the US, and 29% said it was a success for North Korea. "And - and what does everybody say about Trump?"

"I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous, " Pompeo said in Seoul, where he was seeking to reassure US ally South Korea about Trump's negotiation, including a surprise halt to joint military exercises involving the USA and South Korea.

The dramatic turnaround was further cemented when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rushed to the Chinese capital to brief President Xi Jinping and other top leaders on the Trump-Kim meeting.

When White House reporters later followed up on his comment, Trump said "I'm kidding, you don't understand sarcasm".

The latest USA push is also aimed at determining whether North Korea intends to expeditiously work toward denuclearization, the source said.

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Now that both leaders are on their way back to their own countries, we are left with many photos of the bromance du jour, as well as a signed statement - and a plethora of questions.

So, how exactly does Kim Jong Un - aka Trump's new buddy - treat "his people?"

Pressed on that record, Trump demurred. The U.S. goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, even in the most optimistic case, will likely take years - and that's assuming North Korea won't violate the accord, as it has every previous nuclear agreement. "They're a function of what's going on, or what's missing internally".

But Beijing was not about to allow itself to be left out of the action on the Korean peninsula, where it has long claimed security and economic interests, and Chinese officials moved quickly to remind both the United States and North Korea that Beijing was indispensable.

Trump was responding to criticism that he gave Kim the propaganda win of a summit without getting more concessions on denuclearization, and didn't lock in a plan to get there. I can only speak to the fact that we signed an incredible agreement, it's great.

"In accordance with the guidelines, Korea-U.S. discussions have already begun", he said. I don't know if that's supposed to be popular or politically correct to say.

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