Trump thanks North Korea’s Kim for promise to denuclearize during his tenure

Trump thanks North Korea’s Kim for promise to denuclearize during his tenure
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE touted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday night for saying he’d agree to denuclearization on the Korea Peninsula during Trump's current term.

A South Korean envoy said earlier in the day that Kim told him he wanted to denuclearize North Korea before Trump's current term as president ends in early 2021, The New York Times reported.

“Just moments ago they put on that he said very strongly that we want to denuclearize North Korea during President Trump's tenure ... just said it, just said it,” Trump remarked at a campaign rally in Montana.

Trump also praised Kim in a tweet early Thursday morning, thanking the North Korean leader and declaring, "We will get it done together!” 

Kim met with South Korean officials on Wednesday and indicated he planned on cooperating with the White House in nuclear negotiations and set a timeline for denuclearization.


The development is a stark contrast to the previous breakdown in negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.

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“I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he said at the time.

Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June to discuss denuclearization. Although there have not been any substantive efforts by the North to denuclearize, it hasn’t conducted any missile or nuclear tests and returned what the White House says is the remains of fallen service members from the Korean War.

The president has repeatedly praised Kim since their summit in Singapore earlier this year, heaping praise on the North Korean leader whom he previously dubbed "little rocket man" over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.