Trump: I believe Kim sees different future

U.S. President says he really believes North Korean leader sees a different future for his country.

Elad Benari,

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands
Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sees a different future for his country, Reuters reported.

“I really believe that he sees a different future for the North Koreans. I hope that’s true,” the President told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew to Montana.

Trump spoke as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea for talks following Kim and Trump’s historic Singapore summit last month.

Following their 45-minute meeting, Trump and Kim sat down for a signing ceremony, putting their signatures to a document both sides described as “historic”, without revealing any details.

After the signing, Trump held a press conference at which he said the agreement included a commitment to achieve total denuclearization of Korea, with promises to pursue “vigorous negotiations” to that end.

While Trump, upon returning from the summit in Singapore, tweeted that Pyongyang “no longer” posed a nuclear threat, the White House announced in late June that North Korea remains an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States.

Pompeo recently expressed confidence that North Korea understood the scope of the U.S. desire for complete denuclearization.

“We’ve been pretty unambiguous in our conversations about what we mean when we say complete denuclearization,” Pompeo told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on funding for the State Department.