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‘We fell in love’: Trump boasts improved relationship with Kim Jong Un

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Donald Trump makes remarks at WesBanco Arena during a Make
America Great Again rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, September
29, 2018.

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  • President Donald Trump lauded his recently improved
    relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Saturday during a
    West Virginia rally.
  • Trump said he and Kim “fell in love” after Kim wrote him
    “beautiful letters.”
  • North Korea’s foreign minister also spoke publicly on
    Saturday in New York City, expressing frustration to the United
    Nations General Assembly with the slow pace of negotiations with
    the US.

President Donald Trump said during a rally in Wheeling, West
Virginia, on Saturday that he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong
Un “fell in love” in recent months, paving the way toward what
Trump called a “great relationship.”

At a rally meant to shore up support for GOP candidates in the
midterm elections, Trump touted the de-escalation in tensions
between the US in North Korea and noted that only recently were
Trump and Kim trading insults and threatening one another.

“I was really being tough and so was he. And we were going back
and forth, and then we fell in love. Okay? No really. He wrote me
beautiful letters,” Trump said. “They’re great letters. We fell
in love.”

Trump was likely referring to the symbolic letters sent
personally to Trump from Kim over the summer that were heavy on flattery.
Trump added that the media was likely to criticize his
glowing praise for Kim.

“Now they’ll say, ‘Donald Trump said they fell in love. How
horrible is that? So unpresidential.’ And I always tell you, it’s
so easy to be presidential,” Trump said. “But instead of having
10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we’d
have about 200 people standing there. It’s so easy to be
presidential.”

In contrast to Trump’s remarks, North Korea’s foreign minister
spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on
Saturday, expressing some frustration with the lack of progress
in negotiations with the US.

According to the Associated Press, Ri Yong Ho criticized the
Trump administration for ramping up pressure and sanctions on
North Korea to dismantle its main nuclear arsenal, noting that
the US hasn’t given “any corresponding response.”

“The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a
pipe dream of the people who are ignorant of us,” Ri said.
“Without any trust in the US, there will be no confidence in our
national security … and under such circumstances there is no way
we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”

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