There is “great respect” between the United States and North Korea, President Donald Trump said Monday, predicting “lots of good things” despite recent missile launches by Pyongyang.
“I personally think that lots of good things will come with North Korea, I feel that. I may be right, I may be wrong, but I feel that,” Trump said at the start of bilateral talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
“We’ve come a long way,” the US leader added.
“There’s a good respect built, maybe a great respect built between certainly the United States and North Korea.”
The comments come despite short-range missile launches by Pyongyang in May that Trump’s own National Security Advisor John Bolton said over the weekend were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Trump appeared to dispute Bolton’s assessment in a tweet on Sunday, in which he called the missiles “small weapons” that “disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me”.
The US president is in Tokyo for a state visit that included a meeting with the newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito on Monday morning, the first time the monarch has met a foreign leader since taking the throne.
Trump’s bilateral talks with Abe are expected to focus on trade, North Korea and military issues, as well as other diplomatic crises, including the tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Abe has reportedly proposed serving as a mediator and is said to be weighing a state visit to Iran, and Trump said he remained open to talks.
“I do believe that Iran would like to talk, and if they’d like to talk, we’d like to talk also,” he said.
“Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me,” he added.
Trump said US-Japan relations have “never been better,” but the allies are locked in negotiations over trade, with the US leader repeating Monday that America suffers a “tremendous imbalance” with Japan on trade.
“We’re working on that, and I’m sure that will work out over a period of time,” Trump added, saying he expected the allies to be “announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries”.
“We’ll get the balance of trade straightened out rapidly.”
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And Trump has repeatedly attacked Joe Biden for wearing facial coverings -- even after the president was hospitalized for COVID-19.
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Trump included video of their interview in his tweet:
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"McConnell suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not negotiating in good faith with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and any deal they reach could disrupt the Senate’s plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next week," the Post reports.
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He recalled in 2009 when former President Barack Obama came into office he was asked if he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate George W. Bush's administration for the torture scandal and illegal detention.