The US president has renewed in a tweet his confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, despite recent weapons tests led by Pyongyang. A disavowal from his adviser John Bolton, who had recently expressed his concerns?
A message addressed to Pyongyang, with the aim of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula? Before a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the morning of May 26, US President Donald Trump cracked the following tweet: “North Korea has launched some small arms, which has disturbed some in my country and others, but not me “. And the White House tenant added, “I trust President Kim [Jong-un] to keep his promise to me.”
North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2019Loading...
The head of state, on a state visit to Japan, was visibly referring to remarks by his national security advisor, John Bolton. The latter had judged the day before that the two short-range missile tests, carried out at the beginning of May by Pyongyang for the first time in a year and a half, constituted “undoubtedly” a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. .
On May 9, the South Korean army claimed that North Korea had “fired what appears to be two short-range missiles.” Shots were fired eastward at distances of 270 and 420 kilometers, respectively.
A first historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, in June 2018 in Singapore, ended with a joint statement on the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”, a vague formulation open to interpretation by both sides. Nevertheless, the second summit between the two leaders, held in Hanoi in February 2019 , resulted in no agreement.