Trump Says He Agrees With North Korean Dictator's Concern Over Joint Military Exercises In South Korea

Posted In: News Date:Aug 9th, 2019

President Donald Trump said he received a "very beautiful" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, shortly after North Korea repeatedly violated United Nations resolutions by carrying out tests of short-range missiles, according to The Independent.

Trump told reporters outside the White House the three-page letter was "very positive" but Kim also emphasized how Pyongyang was not happy with the continued "tests" carried out by the U.S., meaning the joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.

"He's not happy with the testing," Trump said. "It's a very small testing that we did, but he wasn't happy with the testing- he put that in the letter."

Trump has been downplaying the North Korean missile tests for the last week and reiterated those statements on Friday.

"I say it again," Trump told reporters, "there have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-ranged — no ballistic missile test. No long-range missiles."
Trump also told reporters on Friday he thinks Kim and he would "have another meeting" in the future.

Trump lashed out at South Korea this week to demand Seoul pay the U.S. more for help in defending itself against North Korea.

He said Seoul was paying "virtually nothing" for U.S. protection, but two sources told CNN Trump was also mad Seoul was not doing more to contain Pyongyang's increased aggression and missile tests.

"We've been helping them for about 82 years and we get nothing, we get virtually nothing," Trump said, incorrectly. "They've agreed to pay a lot more and they will agree to pay a lot more than that."

Analysts are concerned that Trump's new stance against South Korea and his near indifference to North Korea's continued missile tests could drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.