US president Donald Trump has said that during the last two years North Korea “has not conducted nuclear tests or long-range missiles,” and said he was “very happy” with the progress of the dialogue with the regime of Pyongyang.
Trump again played down the latest tests with ballistic missiles by Pyongyang, during a press conference held in Tokyo on Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as part of his official visit to Japan.
“The most important thing is that there have not been nuclear tests or long-range missiles in two years,” said Trump, who also said he was “in no hurry” to unblock the process of dialogue with the regime led by Kim Jong-un, and stressed that “many good things” have been achieved since the contacts began.
Trump admitted, however, that part of his team in the White House believes that the recent North Korean ballistic tests “could constitute a violation” of the UN resolutions, something he “sees differently,”.
“Maybe (Kim Jong-un) did it because he wants attention, or maybe not, who knows (…) The only thing that matters is that there have not been nuclear tests or long-range ballistic missiles,” Trump insisted.
The US president expressed confidence that “some day” an agreement will be reached on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and recalled that until then will continue “tremendous penalties” on the North Korean regime.
According to Trump, Kim’s ultimate goal is to “create a nation that is very strong economically,” something the North Korean leader “knows well that he can not get with nuclear weapons.”
The Republican leader described the North Korean dictator as “a very intelligent person” and took advantage of a question from a journalist to charge against the Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Kim Jong-un made a statement saying that Joe Biden is an individual with a low IQ, which is probably according to his records, I think I agree with him on that,” Trump said.