Donald Trump was optimistic about the “good chances” of reaching agreements in two major diplomatic issues, North Korea’s nuclear disarmament and trade relations with China.
The location and date of his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after the historic one in Singapore on June 12th, “has been fixed,” the US president said in an interview with CBS on Sunday.
The details of the meeting, currently scheduled for “end of February” probably in Vietnam or Thailand, will be announced Tuesday in his annual State of the Union address “or just before,” he said. added.
US intelligence on Tuesday said “unlikely” that Pyongyang “gives up all its nuclear weapons and production capabilities,” which is the goal of Washington.
“There is also a good chance we will reach an agreement,” Donald Trump challenged, while acknowledging that nothing was safe.
He said Kim Jong Un was “tired” of facing economic sanctions. “He has the opportunity to become one of the world’s great economic powers,” but “he can not do that as long as he has nuclear weapons,” insisted the White House tenant.
“I like it. We are getting along very well. There is an incredible chemistry between us, “said the republican billionaire, never stingy with a compliment since the Singapore summit against the North Korean leader, at the head of a regime yet considered as the one of the worst in the world in terms of human rights violations.
Asked about the possible withdrawal of US troops deployed in South Korea during negotiations with the North, Donald Trump said he had “never even discussed their departure.”
He reiterated, however, that the presence of “40,000 soldiers in South Korea” was “very expensive”.
The US president also praised China’s help with the North Korean issue before discussing trade talks with Beijing.
“It seems we are on track to conclude an agreement with China,” he said. “There is a good chance we will reach an agreement,” he added after further talks in Washington, as the March 1 deadline approaches to reach consensus.
Jason Marlaux is a reporter for Desert Sentinel. After graduating from Central University of Nevada, Reno, Jason got an internship at NPR and worked as a reporter and sound engineer. Jason has also worked as a reporter for VICE. Jason covers entertainment and community events for Desert Sentinel.