Trump confident Kim will honor his commitment

Trump voices confidence North Korean leader will honor the contract signed between the two.

Ben Ariel ,

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

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced confidence on Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “honor” his commitment to denuclearize, The Associated Press reported.

The comments came after North Korea accused the U.S. of making “gangster-like” demands in negotiations, in a statement issued following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang.

Pompeo was seeking progress on the joint statement issued by Trump and Kim at their historic summit in Singapore in June. Pompeo characterized his talks with North Korean officials as productive, but the North’s foreign ministry offered a different take on the talks, saying the visit had been “regrettable.”

In response, Trump tweeted on Monday, “I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!”

Following their 45-minute meeting in Singapore last month, 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.

Recent reports suggested that despite its commitment to denuclearize, North Korea has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites. Pompeo has vowed that sanctions would remain until Pyongyang follows through on Kim’s pledge to get rid of his atomic weapons.

Pompeo on Monday said it was “ludicrous” to expect quick results in talks with North Korea, according to AP, adding they have to convince the North that its nukes are not a source of security, but a threat to it. He said that at the summit, Kim told Trump he understands that.

“It’s going to be a process. There’s many hours left in negotiations,” Pompeo said in Afghanistan, where he visited Monday.