On Friday, President Donald Trump said that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s recent short-range missile tests did not violate their pact to pursue peace last year. The president also expressed confidence in the young ruler’s strategy.
In a series of tweets that followed North Korea’s launching of what appeared to be a mobile short-range ballistic missile system last week, a multiple launch rocket system Wednesday and a yet unseen short-range weapon Friday, Trump claimed that the “tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands.” He acknowledged a potential violation of restrictions imposed by the United Nations, but argued that their mutual trust superseded this.
“Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain – the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited,. Also, there is far too much to lose,” Trump wrote.
“I may be wrong, but I believe that … [Chairman] Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true,” he added. “He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!”
Asked about the recent launches and potential U.N. violations, Mike Pompeo noted that North Korea still remained subject to some of the toughest international sanctions in the world and that the U.S. was still working with regional partners “to make sure that we have the capacity to ultimately deliver what Chairman Kim committed to back in June in Singapore, June a year ago back in Singapore, which is to fully denuclearize his country in exchange for—President Trump describes—a brighter future for the North Korean people.”
“You should never doubt what we may be communicating to the North Koreans. There are conversations going on, goodness, even as we speak,” he added. “But the diplomatic path is often fraught with bumps, tos and fros, forward and backward. We are still fully committed to achieving the outcome that we have laid out – the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea – and to do so through the use of diplomacy.”