8:30 PM PT – Tue. January 1, 2019
With a new year ahead, President Trump remains optimistic about the future of relations with North Korea.
In a tweet Tuesday the President reaffirmed he wants to meet with Kim Jong Un again. This came just hours after Kim addressed his people the world, claiming he’s still dedicated to denuclearization.
The regime-head said “our government [North Korea] and my resolve for complete denuclearization remain unchanged.” He added the country will “no longer make nuclear weapons, and will not use them or spread them.”
But, these plans seems to be dependent on the United States.
Since the two leaders first meeting in June, Kim has continued to push the White House to lift its sanctions, as well, offer a deal beneficial for both nations.
Kim maintained his willingness to meet with President Trump “at any time,” however, he said “if the U.S. miscalculates our people’s patience, forces something upon us, and pursues sanction and pressure without keeping a promise it made in front of the world” then the leader would “explore a new path in order to protect our [North Korea] sovereignty, and achieve peace on the Korean peninsula.”
Despite Kim’s promises, lawmakers remain skeptical he can be trusted.
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA.) called Kim “a butcher” who butchers his own people. Additionally, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) said “we [United States] have to be sure the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed because there are ways to hide like we all know.”
Plans for a second summit between President Trump and Kim have yet to be publicized, but White House officials say it could happen within months, leading many to wonder if complete denuclearization is on the horizon.