Trump and Kim ‘fell in love’ during denuclearisation talks, President declares

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Somewhere the middle of his speech, after suggesting the US was about to go to war with the North Korea when he took office, Trump waxed nostalgic about how he and Kim exchanged threats to annihilate each other with nuclear weapons, then claimed it was Kim's "beautiful letters" that turned everything around.

"The DPRK government's commitment to thorough implementation of the DPRK-US joint statement is unwavering", Ri said, referring to the North by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The North Korean foreign minister contrasted Pyongyang's relations with Washington with the rapid progress made in inter-Korean relations through three summits this year, most recently September 18-20. The North insists it needs reciprocal concessions from the United States, including the lifting of crippling economic sanctions and an official declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War has ended.

In June, Mr Trump met with the North Korean leader in Singapore as part of an attempt to push his regime into denuclearisation. "But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust", Ri said.

Talking about Kim Jong-un at a recent rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, Donald Trump said that there was once tough talk between him and Kim "and then we fell in love".

Once the Singapore agreements are implemented, the "current trend toward detente will turn into durable peace and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will also be achieved", Ri said.

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Ri says it's a "pipe dream" that continued sanctions and U.S. objection to a declaration ending the Korean War will ever bring the North to its knees. It is designated as a North Korean "natural monument" animal.

China and Russian Federation argued that the UN Security Council should reward Pyongyang for steps taken. "We are well into a diplomatic process, and we hope - indeed, we want - to see this through to a successful end".

Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung had also received a pair of Pungsan pups after his landmark summit in Pyongyang with then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000.

"If the party to this issue of denuclearisation were South Korea and not the USA the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock".