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Moscow (CNSNews.com) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday President Trump deserves credit for engaging diplomatically with North Korea, a decision which he said shows Trump's “courage and ability to take outside-the-box steps,” and opens the door to a peaceful settlement on the Korean peninsula.
Speaking at the annual Valdai Forum in Sochi, Putin praised Trump for breaking with his predecessors by meeting with Kim Jong Un.
Decades - US - Presidents - DPRK - Outcast
“For many decades, U.S. presidents ignored the DPRK and saw it as an outcast,” he said, using the abbreviation for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the nation’s formal name.
“Mr. Trump was able to take a historic step, overcome the ‘demarcation line’ of misunderstanding and alienation, meet with Kim Jong Un and begin the negotiating process.”
Putin - Trump - Decision - Kim - Formalities
Putin contended that Trump’s decision to speak directly with Kim, “without preliminary formalities and conventions, abandoning the usual, sometimes very rude, even insulting rhetoric” immediately brought about hopes for a peaceful settlement of the long conflict.
While Putin suggested in his remarks that the insulting rhetoric had emanated from Trump, the reality was somewhat different.
Trump - September - Speech - UN - Kim
After Trump in his September 2017 speech at the U.N. mockingly called Kim “rocket man” and his regime “depraved,” Kim in response called Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard,” while his foreign minister, in his own U.N. speech, called Trump “Commander in Grief” and “President Evil.”
Putin’s remarks come as North Korean and U.S. officials prepare to meet in Sweden this weekend to resume talks on the denuclearization effort, after an eight-month halt.
Trump - Kim - Singapore - June - Hanoi
Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June 2018, and in Hanoi last February, a summit that ended prematurely and without agreement.
Although neither side provided details on what happened, Reuters reported that Trump had pressed Kim to surrender his nuclear...
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