President Trump touted an optimistic outlook on the U.S.-North Korea relationship on Monday, while criticizing China during the ongoing trade war.
Mr. Trump insisted that Chairman Kim Jong Un will uphold the Singapore summit agreement. He also accused China of possibly influencing the smaller Asian country.
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed , even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
North Korea accused the U.S. of strong-arming negotiations on Saturday, after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s quick trip to hammer out denuclearization details. The country said America was making “gangster-like” demands, according to Associated Pressreports.
On the other hand, Mr. Pompeo said the visit was productive.
“These are complicated issues but we made progress on almost all of the central issues. Some places a great deal of progress, other places there’s still more work to be done,” he said, according to U.S. pool reports.
Thursday, the U.S. and China officially engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war, with each side slapping the other with massive tariffs.