US President Donald Trump has said talks with North Korea are going well, just days after Trump declared the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to American national security, despite a historic recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!”Trump wrote in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.
Following their meeting on June 12 in Singapore, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, Trump and Kim signed a joined document, committing to establishing new relations and achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Before signing the document, Kim said the two leaders had “decided to leave the past behind” and that “the world will see a major change.”
Trump said he had formed a “very special bond” with Kim and that Washington’s relationship with Pyongyang would be very different.
But last week, Trump declared North Korea an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the US as he acted to maintain harsh economic sanctions against Pyongyang.
The national emergency Trump signed will keep in place sanctions first imposed a decade ago by President George W. Bush.
It also allows Washington to bar North Korean leaders from selling or using any assets they may hold in the United States. It is separate from US sanctions related to the North’s human rights issues and international penalties imposed over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.