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Donald Trump sees ‘tremendous progress’ in North Korea

September 19, 2018

President Trump said Wednesday that “tremendous progress” was being made toward North Korea giving up nuclear weapons.

“We’re making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea. Prior to becoming president, it looked like we were going to war with North Korea, and now we have a lot of progress,” Mr. Trump said.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un committed Wednesday to permanently shut down a key missile site under the supervision of foreign inspectors.

He made the commitment during a meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, which appeared to regain traction lost since the denuclearization deal struck at a June summit between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim in Singapore.

Mr. Trump noted other gains, including North Korea releasing American prisoners, returning remains of U.S. soldiers from the Korean War and stopping its nuclear and missile tests.

“We have a lot of very good things going. Remember this: Prior to my coming into office, a lot of people thought it was inevitable we were going we were going to war in North Korea, and now we’re ... the relationships,” the president said. “I have to tell you, at least on a personal basis, they’re very good. It’s very much calmed down.

Mr. Trump said they would wait and see what North Korea does next.

“But in the meantime, we’re talking. It’s very calm. He’s calm. I’m calm. So we’ll see what happens,” he said.

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