Trump Says There’s ‘No Time Limit’ For North Korean Denuclearization: ‘There is No Rush’
President Trump is apparently saying his agreement with Kim Jong Un doesn’t include a deadline for the denuclearization of North Korea.
Trump told reporters on Tuesday that the Korean Peninsula’s denuclearization was one of the topics that came up during his summit with Vladimir Putin.
“Discussions are ongoing and they’re going very, very well. We have no time limit. We have no speed limit…The sanctions are remaining. The hostages are back. There have been no tests. There have been no rockets going up for a period of nine months, and I think the relationships are very good, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Trump reaffirmed these comments on Twitter today as he defended himself from those criticizing his Putin press conference along with his attempt to walk back his controversial statements.
….Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
The president’s comments come about a month after his summit with Kim, which Trump has touted as a major step for the end of North Korea’s aggression towards the international community. Trump and Kim signed an agreement at the end of their meeting, though critics have noted that it didn’t contain any kind of political framework or guarantee for the rogue nation’s future.
Satellite images from the last few weeks suggest that North Korea has been upgrading their nuclear infrastructure, which contradicts the notion that they’ll be willing to disarm. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently travelled to Pyongyang to expand on denuclearization talks, though North Korea said the meetings were “regrettable”.
After the conclusion of summit, President Trump told Americans to “sleep well” because there is “no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
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