Trump stresses Pyongyang has not conducted nuclear tests in 2 years
US President Donald J. Trump reacts during a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2019. EPA-EFE/KIYOSHI OTA / POOL
US President Donald J. Trump gestures as he speaks during a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2019. EPA-EFE/KIYOSHI OTA / POOL
Tokyo, May 27 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States underlined Monday that over the last two years North Korea has not tested any nuclear weapons or long-range ballistic missiles, and said he was satisfied with the direction the talks with Pyongyang were going.
Donald Trump, addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo during his visit to Japan, downplayed the importance of recent ballistic missile tests carried out by Pyongyang.
"Very importantly there has been no nuclear testing for two years," said Trump, adding that he was in "no rush at all" to reach an agreement with North Korea and that they had achieved much since they initiated contacts.
The president admitted that members of his team in the White House believed that the recent ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang "could have been a violation" of UN resolutions, which he, however, viewed differently.
"Perhaps he (North Korean leader Kim Jong-un) wants to get attention, and perhaps not, who knows. It doesn't matter. All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests, there have been no ballistic missiles going out, there have been no long-range missiles going out," Trump said.
"I think that some day we'll have a deal" on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the president said, recalling that severe sanctions currently weighed upon the North Korean regime.
Trump added that Kim's aim was to create an economically strong nation, and that was something he knew could not be achieved through nuclear weapons.
The American leader called Kim a very intelligent person, and then took advantage of a question from a journalist to lash out at former US Vice President Joe Biden, who is a Democrat aspirant for the 2020 presidential elections.
"Kim Jong-un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that," he said.