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Quick hit: Trump gives update on North Korea progress in morning tweet

President Donald J. Trump (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House)
July 03, 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted out an update on progress with North Korea in an early morning tweet Tuesday.

“Many good conversations with North Korea,” he wrote, “it is going well!”

“In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled,” Trump said.

“Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea,” the President added.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to North Korea on Thursday, July 5, to engaged in talks about denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the State Department announced this week.

Pompeo will “continue consultations and implement the forward progress made by [President Trump] and Chairman Kim in Singapore,” the department said.

Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met for the first time this past June in Singapore, where they signed an agreement that, among other things, called for the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

It was reported this week that Trump might invite Kim to a second meeting this fall in New York City. The meeting could possibly take place in September, around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly, when world leaders and diplomats are in the city.

North Korea agreed to return the remains of up to 200 American service members who were lost or missing during the Korean War, and it is believed the transfer of the troops’ remains will take place very soon.

Trump agreed that the United States would temporarily halt all military drills on or near the Korean Peninsula with South Korea, as North Korea views such drills as practice for invasion and war.

And North Korea also agreed to close down another nuclear testing plant. However, no action has been taken on such items as closing down the plant.