Trump praises North Korea’s leader for release of Americans

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump praised Wednesday North Korea’s leader Jim Jong Un for his release of the three Americans saying “I appreciate Kim Jong Un for doing this and allowing them to go.” Trump told reporters at the Cabinet Room in the White House that the three Americans are in good health and that Vice President Mike Pence will be at the airport to meet upon their arrival, noting “it’ll be quite a scene.” “It will be, I think, a very special time because nobody thought this was going to happen. And if it did, it would be years or decades, frankly. Nobody thought this was going to happen,” he remarked.

On his upcoming summit with North Korea’s leader, Trump said that the time and place will be announced “within three days” and that it would not be held in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), saying “it will not be there.” He added that he thinks the summit will be “very successful. But as I always say, “Who knows?” Who knows what’s going to happen. But it’s going to be a very important event.” He reiterated “I think this is something that nobody thought was going to happen for years or more. And I really believe it’s going to be a great thing for North Korea, a great thing for South Korea and Japan.” Asked if he thinks he deserves the Nobel Prize, Trump responded “everyone thinks so but I would never say it.” He affirmed “the prize I want is victory for the world, not for even here. I want victory for the world, because that’s what we’re talking about. So that’s the only prize I want.” Trump was also asked if the plans for a meeting with Kim Jong Un could be “scuttled,” he stressed “everything can be scuttled.” “A lot of good things could happen, a lot of bad things can happen,” he remarked. “I believe that both sides want to negotiate a deal. I believe we have a really good shot at it being successful.

Source: Kuwait News Agency