Donald Trump sides with Kim Jong-un on US-South Korea war games, says North Korean leader sent 'positive letter'

US president Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he agreed with Kim Jong-un's opposition to US-South Korea war games, after receiving a new letter from the North Korean leader.

Agence France-Presse August 10, 2019 09:41:57 IST
Donald Trump sides with Kim Jong-un on US-South Korea war games, says North Korean leader sent 'positive letter'
  • US president Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he agreed with Kim Jong-un's opposition to US-South Korea war games, after receiving a new letter from the North Korean leader

  • 'It was a very positive letter. He was not happy with the war games', Trump added, referring to new military exercises between US forces and the South Korean military that began this week

  • Trump received Kim's three-page letter on Thursday after Pyongyang undertook four missile tests in the past two weeks that it said were a response to the joint exercises between the South and the United States

Washington: US president Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he agreed with Kim Jong-un's opposition to US-South Korea war games, after receiving a new letter from the North Korean leader. "I got a very beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un yesterday", Trump said.

Donald Trump sides with Kim Jongun on USSouth Korea war games says North Korean leader sent positive letter

File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

"It was a very positive letter. He was not happy with the war games", Trump added, referring to new military exercises between US forces and the South Korean military that began this week. "As you know, I have never liked it either. I have never been a fan. And you know why? I don't like paying for it", the US leader said.

Trump received Kim's three-page letter on Thursday after Pyongyang undertook four missile tests in the past two weeks that it said were a response to the joint exercises between the South and the United States.

While the weapons fired were not the medium- and long-range ballistic missiles that have posed an implicit threat to Japan and the United States, they were seen to be a new type of extremely fast, short-range guided ballistic missile that could pose a potent danger to South Korea.

On Tuesday, North Korea threatened more weapons tests, and said the US-South Korea war games were "an undisguised denial and a flagrant violation" of the diplomatic process between Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul.

Trump continued to play down the missile tests and said he could have a third summit with Kim in the future. "I think we will have another meeting", he said. "In the meantime I will say it again. There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles", he said.

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