On Saturday, August 10, President Donald Trump tweeted out that he had received a letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“It was a long letter,” Trump said in a pair of tweets. It contained complaints about military exercises carried out by the U.S. and South Korea, but was “also a small apology for testing the short-range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises would end,” Trump said. “I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!”
Trump’s talk about Kim hasn’t been limited to Twitter — according to the New York Post, Trump also bragged about his relationship with the dictator on his way to a fundraiser earlier this week.
“People say he only smiles when he sees me,” Trump quipped.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) responded to those remarks, tweeting that there isn’t a reason Kim wouldn’t smile at Trump — Kim has been able to get what he wants without having to give much in return, the Congressman wrote.
Hey @realDonaldTrump, under your watch:
North Korea has NOT:
-Eliminated any nuclear weapons
-Eliminated any missiles
North Korea HAS:
-Increased nuclear fuel
-Built 12 more nuclear weapons according to US intel agencies
Why wouldn't Kim Jong Un smile when he sees you? https://t.co/3lUNbfqtX3
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 11, 2019
Lieu noted that North Korea has not had to eliminate any of its nuclear arsenal or missiles since Trump began speaking with Kim directly. But it has increased it’s nuclear fuel, a point backed up by U.S. intelligence reports last year, per reporting from The Independent.
As prior reporting from HillReporter.com has noted, Trump earlier this month dismissed North Korea’s tests of short-range missiles as no big deal, and not in violation of an agreement the two nations put together as part of a temporary pact before agreeing to meet again in the future.
Experts on missiles systems, however, have noted that these short-range ones have the capability of carrying nuclear warheads, and can go undetected by even the most sophisticated radar technology, posing substantial threats to U.S.-allied nations near the Korean peninsula.