In an interview with Reuters on Monday, President Trump announced his expectation of a second face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I like him. He likes me,” he said. “There’s no ballistic missiles going up, there’s a lot of silence … I have very good personal relations with Chairman Kim, and I think that’s what holds it together.”Reuters
Asked whether another meeting with Kim was on the horizon, Trump said: “It’s most likely we will, but I just don’t want to comment.”
Immediately after the initial summit, President Trump was exceedingly positive about the results. He claimed at the time that the nuclear threat from North Korea was over.
Since then, North Korea has been observed to be preparing to falsify their weapon stockpile reporting and upgrading their production sites. They have also detained a Japanese citizen ahead of talks between those countries. And on ABC’s This Week, John Bolton said on Sunday that North Korean interference in the 2018 election was a “sufficient national security concern… that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it.” (The other three countries named were China, Russia and Iran.)
All of this has happened after the summit, and in return the US has ended joint operations with South Korea in perpetuity, while North Korea promised to return scores of remains of some Korean war veterans, then balked, then returned a few dozen.
The lopsided nature of the two countries’ rewards seems to be of no concern. The President seems pleased with the results so far.
“I stopped (North Korea’s) nuclear testing. I stopped (North Korea’s) missile testing. Japan is thrilled. What’s going to happen? Who knows? We’re going to see,” he said.Reuters
There are serious questions as to whether North Korea feels it must do further nuclear testing, now that it has achieved a working nuclear bomb. There are also question as to whether they felt the need for further missile testing after managing to successfully launch one that can target the US mainland.
There is also the question of when the next meeting is expected to take place. It is suspected they may do so during the United Nations General Assembly in September, or at a second summit in the future.
The other questions… whether it will be considered the official start of Season 2 of The President, or who is to design the commemorative coin… are likely to be addressed closer to the actual event.