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Trump sends mixed signals on North Korea

WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he might walk out of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or that the meeting may not occur, but that his administration was “doing very well” with North Korea.

“It could be that I walk out quickly — with respect, but it could be,” Trump said during a “Fox & Friends” interview. “It could be that maybe the meeting doesn’t even take place. Who knows? But I can tell you right now they want to meet.” Trump announced last month that he would meet with Kim, and has said the meeting will take place in late May or early June.

“We’re doing very well with North Korea, and we’ll see how it all comes out,” Trump said during the interview.

“Look, it was very, very nasty with Little Rocket Man and … everybody said this guy’s going to get us into nuclear war,” the President said, referring to Kim with the moniker he used several times last year, including during his UN speech in September. “Let me tell you, the nuclear war would have happened if you had weak people,” Trump said. “We had weak people,” he added, apparently referring to past US presidential administrations.

“This should have been settled long before I came into office,” he said. “This is a much different ballgame than if they did it five or 10 or 20 years ago. This is a much more dangerous ballgame now. But I will tell you it’s going very well.” Discussing then-Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Kim in North Korea earlier this month, Trump said Pompeo, who was confirmed today as the new US secretary of state, “wasn’t supposed to meet with Kim Jong Un, but he did…. They arranged, actually while he was there, to say hello..

No, it was more than a hello. They got along. They were with each other for, you know, more than an hour.” “They spoke, and he also spoke with his counterparts in North Korea,” Trump said. “It was very, very secret — very, very quiet. They had a great meeting, and then he left.” Trump said the North Korean regime has “given up de-nuclearization, testing, research.

We’re going to close different (nuclear) sites.” He said there are three or four dates being considered for his meeting with Kim, as well as five possible locations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency