Trump Says He Doesn’t Know If North Korea Is Building Nuclear Weapons

Speaking to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the president stressed his “very strong relationship” with the “very smart” Kim Jong Un.

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President Donald Trump said he doesn’t have a clue if North Korean pioneer Kim Jong Un is as yet constructing atomic weapons — at the same time, the U.S. pioneer noted, “I would like to think not.”

Addressing ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos a week ago about the potential atomic danger still presented by Pyongyang, Trump waxed expressive about the “solid relationship” he’d manufactured with the “exceptionally shrewd” Kim, who he depicted as somebody who “comprehends” and “regards me.”

“He’s an intense person. He’s an exceptionally shrewd individual. He doesn’t treat many individuals great, yet he’s been treating me well,” the president told Stephanopoulos in a wide-going meeting that publicized Sunday night.

“Presently, sooner or later that may change. And after that I’ll need to change, as well,” Trump proceeded. “In any case, at this moment, we have an excellent, you know, relationship. We have an actually quite solid relationship.”

Asked whether he thought Kim could be “playing” him, Trump disclosed to Stephanopoulos that U.S. assents were still set up against North Korea and indicated the arrival of prisoners and war stays as proof of his organization’s accomplishment in managing Kim’s routine.

“I put on authorizations. The approvals are on. We’ve recovered our prisoners. We’ve gotten ― the remaining parts. What’s more, they keep on returning,” Trump said.

The president’s affirmation negated an announcement made by the U.S. Barrier POW/MIA Accounting Agency a month ago saying endeavors to recover American stays from North Korea had been suspended due to the nation hasn’t reacted.

“DPRK authorities have not spoken with DPAA since the Hanoi Summit” among Trump and Kim prior this year, a representative for the organization told CNN. “Subsequently, our endeavors to speak with the Korean People’s Army in regards to the conceivable resumption of joint recuperation tasks for 2019 has been suspended.”

Pressed to answer whether Kim was “still building nuclear weapons,” Trump said he didn’t know but that the North Korean leader had “promised … me he wouldn’t be testing.”  

From the interview:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think he’s still building nuclear weapons?

TRUMP: I don’t know. I hope not. He promised me he wouldn’t be. He promised me he wouldn’t be testing. I think he’d like to meet again. And I think he likes me a lot. And I think ― you know, I think that we have a chance to do something.

The president additionally emphasized his conviction that North Korea could be “so rich” ― something Kim “knows” and “needs.”

“He’s a shrewd individual. Furthermore, that nation has ― nearly of any undeveloped nation anyplace on the planet, that nation gets the opportunity to be monetarily a behemoth,” Trump said. “It’s a wonderful area. That nation can be so rich. What’s more, he realizes that. What’s more, I think he truly needs to do that,” Trump stated, including that Kim “needs to do it in a non-atomic manner.”

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