Trump defends summit with North Korea, says U.S. ‘got so much’

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The summit and Trump's later comments have raised questions and drawn some criticism, including over whether the president has lavished too much praise on Kim, a brutal dictator; when any specifics will be announced on ending North Korea's nuclear program; and whether Trump is working closely enough with US allies South Korea and Japan on North Korea policy.

During the interview, the subject of Trump's recent Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un arose.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to comment on the criticism of his administration's decision to cease military exercises in the Korean peninsula while the U.S. and North Korea engage in peace talks. "I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump".

"Kim promised Trump during their summit on Tuesday to dismantle this facility", a diplomatic source said told Chosun Ilbo. It is premature to say the threat posed has gone or that the summit has made a substantial change.

"It's huge progress that the leaders of the US and North Korea now can check and confirm what they agreed in Singapore on the phone", a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said.

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According to Trump, the two leaders privately discussed human rights and Kim reacted "very well". In one particularly very bad sound byte, the president said that Kim is a "strong head" and admired the way that the - I repeat - dictator commands "his people".

"I got that after we signed the agreement". Instead, South Korean officials stated that they were still trying to clarify the true intent of Trump's words. Speaking about the highly-contested dictator, the current Commander in Chief notes how "he's the head of the country, and I mean he's the strong head".

Trump suggested that the agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula is being celebrated throughout Asia and that only political partisans in the United States would rather see this deal fall through than see the president succeed - even if it saves millions of lives. Pressed on how close North Korea is to that stage, he added, "very close".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted a day after the summit.

FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, in Washington. He later said his approach to the meeting was not about preparation, but "about attitude". But as of Friday, no remains have been repatriated from North Korea since 2007. You don't understand sarcasm. "Nauseating to see Trump stiff our allies in Canada and then praise Kim while saluting his generals".