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'You'd Be at War Right Now' if Not for Me: Trump

Trump also says another North Korea summit is coming up
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2019 1:16 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks to Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Camp David.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Round two, coming up? President Trump said Sunday that Washington is negotiating a location for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, CNN reports. Trump said his administration has a "very good dialogue" with Pyongyang, adding: "Now I say this, North Korea, we're doing very well. And again, no rockets. There's no rockets. There's no anything. We're doing very well." He noted that sanctions against North Korea will stay "in full force and effect" and said if anyone else had been elected president—presumably, Hillary Clinton—"you'd be at war right now." In his words, "You would right now be in a nice, big fat war in Asia with North Korea if I wasn't elected president."

The summit talk isn't exactly new: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in October that one was coming up, and CNN reported Wednesday that Trump's team was seeking locations for round two. Since Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June, the two seem to have exchanged letters. On Wednesday, Trump showed reporters what he deemed a "great letter" from Kim, and in August he mentioned other Kim "letters" that eased Trump's mind about letting Pompeo visit North Korea—a trip Trump had canceled at the last minute in August. "He wrote me beautiful letters," said Trump. "And they're great letters. We fell in love." Yet there has been little apparent progress in Washington's attempt to denuclearize North Korea, notes Channel News Asia. (Meanwhile, North Korea is said to be running at least 13 hidden missile bases.)

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