US President Donald Trump said Saturday that Kim Jong Un, leader of the North Korea, has apologized for a series of short-range missile tests, reported AniNews.
In two weeks North Korea conducted five rounds of missile launches, which Kim Jong Un said to be “solemn warning” to Washington and Seoul over their joint military drills.
President Trump stated that he received a “beautiful letter” form Km Jong Un Friday. “It was a very positive letter,” he said.
“He wasn’t happy with the war games. I’ve never liked it either. I’ve never been a fan. And you know why? I don’t like paying for it.”
Just a few hours after Tramp’s statement North Korea held another missile test. South Korean authorities said that that the possibility of more missile launches by North Korea remains to be “high.”
Seoul issued a statement saying that its military has been monitoring the situation “in case of additional launches while maintaining a readiness posture.”
President Trump said Friday that the missile launches by North Korea were not that important.
“There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles,” he said.
Talking to reporters on Saturday President Trump said that Kim Jong Un in his letter apologized for the recent missile launches.
“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint US/South Korea joint exercises are over,” Trump posted on his Twitter, adding that it “was also a small apology.”
….also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2019
The US and North Korea’s negotiations on denuclearization have been stalled since February. In June the leaders of the two countries agreed to resume the dialogue. Earlier this week Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, expressed his hope for the US and North Korea getting back to the negotiations soon.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website