United States President—Donald Trump has called Kim Jong-un “very open” and “very honourable” and said the North Korean regime wanted a summit as soon as possible.
According to the UK Guardian, Trump’s compliments marked a dramatic turnaround from “Little Rocket Man” – one of the insults Trump aimed at Kim before the North Korean dictator’s announcement last week that he was suspending nuclear and missile testing.
They were also unprecedented for a US president describing the head of one of the world’s most repressive regimes.
At a White House meeting with the visiting French president, Emmanuel Macron, Trump was asked about prospects for a summit with Kim.
Trump replied: “We have been told directly that they would like to have the meeting as soon as possible. We think that’s a great thing for the world.”
Referring to the North Korean leader, who has been in power since 2011, Trump said: “He really has been very open and, I think, very honourable from everything we’re seeing.”
He added: “Now, a lot of promises have been made by North Korea over the years but they have never been in this position.”
Plans for a summit follow a secret mission to Pyongyang at the end of last month by the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, whose nomination as secretary of state is now before the US Senate.
Last week, Kim announced a suspension on tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.