Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime

Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime

President Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for being a "tough guy" Wednesday and downplayed the rogue state's human rights abuses.

"That was a rough fight", Trump said.

USA officials said it was unclear what types of training involving US and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games".

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions for years as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Trump and Kim's joint statement does not parse those details, nor does it commit Pyongyang to any steps that it has not vowed to take in negotiations past, including in 1994, 2004 or in 2012, under three different presidents. "My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive".

The president added he'd love for the exercises to stop because they are expensive.

"I don't think it would be the end of the world, because it's the world we already live in", he said. "It's a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this". The official said at some point that sentiment was conveyed to the Pentagon.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters Wednesday that Trump's drills suspension announcement was "another proof that China's proposal is legitimate, is reasonable (and) it addresses the concerns of the two sides". A major challenge, according to these officials, is to turn Trump's broad intentions into detailed military guidance. The poll found that Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to say that the meeting lowered the threat of nuclear war, and they were three times as likely to say that both sides would follow through on their commitments. Starting with Kim Il-sung, North Korean leaders have passed down their rule to their heirs.

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When asked whether Trump was jumping the gun by declaring victory, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: "This president wants North Korea to completely denuclearize so obviously that has to be complete, verifiable and irreversible".

'I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us, ' he said. They walked outside together after the lunch, stopping briefly to look at the US president's special limousine. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.

Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage.

Mr Trump told Fox News: "We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith". "He was unambiguous about that".

He cited American college student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested by North Korean authorities in 2016 and died a year ago after being repatriated to the United States with severe brain damage. However, the White House is continuing to draw the distinction that "readiness training and training exchanges" will continue. "That we must do this quickly".

The August exercise, named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, has always been scheduled and final planning with several nations' military forces is well underway.

The U.S. leader stressed that existing U.S. sanctions will remain in place until North Korean nuclear weapons "are no longer a factor".

Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have all participated in the drill in the past. "And indeed President Trump should be congratulated for taking that step".

He lavishly praised the young dictator, saying he trusted him to "do the right thing"; this despite decades of evidence that the Kim family had cemented its dynasty with ruthlessness and duped the worldwide community about its nuclear weapons programme.

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