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Trump Says Kim Jong-Un Sent Him a 'A Beautiful Letter' After NoKo Fired Two Missiles Into Sea

Trump Says Kim Jong-Un Sent Him a 'A Beautiful Letter' After NoKo Fired Two Missiles Into Sea
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk on the North Korean side in the Demilitarized Zone, Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Donald Trump told reporters that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un sent him a “beautiful letter” after Kim launched two short-range ballistic missiles in the midst of joint military exercises with the U.S. and South Korea.


Addressing media at the White House, Trump said he received a “three-paged” “very beautiful letter” from Kim on Thursday (local time). He also said he and Kim would hold another meeting, without mentioning the possible date and location, Xinhua news agency reported.

Denuclearisation negotiations between the US and North Korea have been stalled since the second summit between Trump and Kim ended without reaching an agreement in February in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. At the end of June, Trump and Kim met at the inter-Korean border, and the two leaders agreed to set up teams to resume working-level negotiations in weeks, but to no avail.

I’m very glad that our president received a “beautiful letter” from the violent maniac Kim, but agreeing with the North Korean leader’s characterization of the joint military exercises as “ridiculous and expensive” might upset a few Pentagon officials who place great value on drilling with an ally who may face an onslaught at any time.

Meanwhile, Trump’s critics let him have it:

Why does Trump coddle this nutcase in Pyongyang who’s almost as unstable as the president himself? As a strategy to placate Kim and get him to sign off on denuclearization, it’s obviously failing. The two sides are light years apart on even negotiating a freeze, much less a ban on all nukes on the peninsula. Something else must be happening.

About the only thing that comes to mind is that Kim has agreed to build a Trump hotel and casino in Pyongyang after Trump leaves office. Otherwise, praising a leader who flouts international law with his missile launches and criticizing your own military is just plain balmy.

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