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Trump Compliments Kim

The Latest: Trump says Kim Jong Un 'loves his people'

June 12, 2018 - 1:44 pm

SINGAPORE (AP) —   President Donald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "loves his people, not that I'm surprised by that, but he loves his people."

Trump made his comments during an interview with VOA that followed his historic meeting with Kim, looking beyond Kim's international reputation for having one of the worst human rights records in the world.

Political prisoners in the country number in the tens of thousands and systematic torture and assassinations, including of his own brother, are not unheard of.

In the past, Trump has spoken of the "horror" of life in North Korea and met in February with eight defectors from that country at the White House.



An Israeli Cabinet minister says the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was important for the Middle East.

Yuval Steinitz tells The Associated Press that North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons would send a "strong" signal to Iran. He says it would "increase the pressure on Iran" to give up its nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.

Israel has staunchly opposed the deal between Iran and world powers meant to curb its nuclear program, which the U.S. withdrew from last month.

Both the U.S. and Israel hope Trump's withdrawal can lead all sides into addressing what they say are the deal's shortcomings.


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