Trump sees ‘good chance’ Kim will do ‘what is right for his people and for humanity’

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President Trump said in tweets early Wednesday that there is now a “good chance” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will do “what is right for his people and for humanity,” but cautioned that sanctions and pressure must be maintained on Pyongyang.  



The White House said late Tuesday that China briefed the administration on Kim’s unannounced visit to Beijing, and stressed that the U.S. policy of “maximum pressure” on North Korea is working. 

“The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea.”

Kim visited China on Monday for the first time since assuming power in 2011. 

Chinese state media confirmed that President Xi Jinping pushed for the meeting, and quoted Kim as saying North Korea could be open to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in the future. 

“The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace,” Kim said, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

While tensions have risen between Washington and Pyongyang following numerous North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tests, Trump said earlier this month that he had agreed to a meeting with Kim.  

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