In remarks Tuesday aboard Air Force One as he departed the US-North Korea summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump said he trusts North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and repeated that the US will verify that Kim abandons his nuclear program.
“We’re going to have to check it, and we will check it,” Trump told reporters. “We’ll check It very strongly.” Before departing Singapore, Trump suggested during a news briefing that international inspectors would go to North Korea in the future.
However, the agreement signed by Trump and Kim at their summit does not provide a timetable, deadline or detailed plan to ensure that the Kim regime gives up its nuclear program.
The complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has been the key demand of the US leading up to the summit since March, when Trump made the surprise announcement that he would meet Kim.
The agreement signed by Trump and Kim assigns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the lead US role in fulfilling the summit’s aspirations.
Past US presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, made agreements with North Korea on the nuclear issue, but none of the deals succeeded in halting North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Asked as he was departing Singapore if he trusts Kim, Trump said, “I do.
“I can only tell you that from the time I’ve (dealt) with him, which is really starting 90 days ago … I think he wants to get it done,” Trump said.
Source: Kuwait News Agency