Trump Hails Meeting Between Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un

President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on a balcony after finishing their meeting (file photo). Courtesy: White House
President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on a balcony after finishing their meeting (file photo). Courtesy: White House

President Donald Trump today hailed a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un.

“Secretary Pompeo had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang, Trump tweeted, adding that there was a progress made on Singapore Summit agreements. “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future,” Trump said.

Last month, Trump had claimed that Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow inspections of nuclear sites in his country. Trump also said there will be no rocket or nuclear testing by North Korea.

Earlier in June this year, Trump had met his counterpart North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an exclusive summit in Singapore. The United States delegation at the bilateral meeting included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

The chattering classes believe that Trump had taken this unprecedented step to meet North Korea’s dictator with the aim to divert people’s attention from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe to know the extent of Trump-Russia ties.

Trump had attacked his opponents before the summit, saying that all those “haters and losers” are wrong when they say that his meeting with Kim Jong Un is a major loss for the U.S.

“We have our hostages, testing, research and all missile launches have stopped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!,” Trump had said.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had said that the summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea is “a promising development for global peace and security.”

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