White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that missile tests by North Korea "do not bother" US President Donald Trump. "Look, the president's focus on this whole process is to continue with the very good relationship he has with President Kim (Jong-un)," Sanders said in Japan in an interview with the US television network NBC News.
According to Sanders, Trump "feels good" about the North Korean leader, since Kim "will remain firm in the commitment he assumed before the president and will advance towards denuclearization." "Part of the activity that has happened, as you can see on the president's Twitter, is not something that worries the president," said Sanders, who emphasized Trump's "good feelings" about Kim's denuclearization. .
The White House spokeswoman accompanies Trump on a state visit to Japan, where they arrived this Saturday. There, the US president tweeted North Korea a message that has caused controversy, because it expresses a position contrary to that of members of his team. "North Korea launched some small arms, which disturbed someone on my team and others, but not me," Trump tweeted. "I am confident that President Kim will keep the promise he has made to me," he added.
This contradicts the statements made by his National Security Adviser, John Bolton, who had told reporters in Tokyo that "there is no doubt" that the latest missile launches by Pyongyang violate UN resolutions.
North Korea launched several short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9 in tests that were overseen by Kim. They were the first missile tests since negotiations between the US and North Korea over the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at the failed Hanoi summit in late February collapsed.
In his tweet, Trump also referred to the presidential candidate for the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden (2009-2017), and acknowledged that he smiled when Kim described him as an individual with low IQ.
In response to a question on the subject, Sanders told NBC News that Trump and Kim agree in their opinion about Biden: "I think they agree with your assessment of Biden," he said. Even so, he stressed that "the president does not need anyone to give him an assessment of Joe Biden. He (Trump) has already given his opinion several times ». Sanders recalled that Trump already "saw his failure (of Biden) and that of his Administration with President Barack Obama for eight years" (2009-2017).
Last week, Biden called Kim a "tyrant" and "dictator," prompting the reaction of the North Korean official agency KNCA, which called him "imbecile devoid of elemental qualities as a human being."
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