Trump defends progress with N. Korea ahead of summit: Yonhap

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2019-01-25 08:09 Updated : 2019-01-25 08:09
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said that there has been progress in talks with North Korea despite criticism and that he expects another good meeting with the North Korean leader soon.

Trump said the media has been unfair by accusing him of producing few tangible results toward dismantling the North's nuclear weapons program since his first summit with Kim Jong-un. "The Fake News Media loves saying 'so little happened at my first summit with Kim Jong Un.' Wrong!" the president tweeted, referring to the meeting in Singapore in June.

"After 40 years of doing nothing with North Korea but being taken to the cleaners, & with a major war ready to start, in a short 15 months, relationships built, hostages & remains back home where they belong, no more Rockets or M's being fired over Japan or anywhere else and, most importantly, no Nuclear Testing," he said.

While many acknowledge good in North Korea's suspension of nuclear and missile tests, critics argue there is no evidence the regime is taking down its nuclear weapons program. Trump has still agreed to meet Kim for a second summit late next month, reportedly in Vietnam.

"This is more than has ever been accomplished with North Korea, and the Fake News knows it," Trump added. "I expect another good meeting soon, much potential!"