'We fell in love:' Trump swoons over letters from North Korea's Kim

Arturo Kim
September 30, 2018

More than three months after the June summit in Singapore, North Korea's top diplomat Ri Yong Ho told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Saturday that the country does not see a "corresponding response" from the U.S. to North Korea's early disarmament moves.

In recent weeks, Kim Jong-Un has said he would permanently dismantle North Korea's main nuclear complex, but only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

Known for its loyalty and cleverness, the Pungsan breed - a hunting dog with thick, creamy white coat, pointy ears and hazel eyes - is one of the National Treasures of North Korea.

Trump and Kim signed a peace agreement when they met in Singapore in June, but the terms of the accord were vague and lacking substance.

"The DPRK government's commitment to the denuclearization is solid and firm, however, it is only possible if the U.S secures our sufficient trust towards the USA", the foreign minister said.

After meeting with Kim in North Korea this month, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to declare an end to the war as an incentive for the North to denuclearize.

The Trump administration is preparing for a second summit with Mr Kim to talk about denuclearisation.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yonh Ho wants the United Nations to move past "entrenched hostility" in order to restart stalled negotiations.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us".

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Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement on Sunday.

Gone are those days when US President Donald Trump belittled North Korean supremo Kim Jong Un as "little rocket man" and threatened to destroy the isolated regime.

Putting on the voice of a news reader, he said: "Why has President Trump given up so much?"

The diplomat's comments come as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to be on the verge of restarting deadlocked nuclear diplomacy more than three months after the summit.

He said the United States is instead maintaining sanctions to keep up the pressure on the regime.

"And then we fell in love", Trump said.

While Mr Ri spoke of a growing mistrust with the US, Mr Trump told supporters at a rally in West Virginia that he "fell in love" with Mr Kim during their historic summit in Singapore.

Trump in recent days has said his warm relationship with Kim gives him confidence that the two sides will make progress toward denuclearization, bragging that the North Korean strongman had recently written him "two of the most attractive letters".

Pyongyang has also made clear that they are looking for a formal declaration to the end of the Korean War.

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