United States President Donald Trump has responded forcefully to criticism that his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “failed” to achieve denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula. In an extraordinary outburst, Mr. Trump slammed the leader of close US ally South Korea and warmly praised the leader of long-time adversary North Korea. Mr. Trump said Moon Jae-in was “weak” and ungrateful for his work to alleviate Kim Jong-un. It comes after a wide-ranging interview with the New published Wednesday, in which President Moon Jae-in criticized Mr. Trump, saying he “beat around the bush and failed” to make progress with . Despite his much-hyped meetings with Mr. Kim, President Trump left office without removing a single nuclear warhead.after criticism that he “failed” in his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Former
North Korea has also resumed weapons tests.
Mr. Moon, wue tonext month, hopes the new president can make headway. “The most important starting point for both governments is to have the will for dialogue and to sit down face to face at an early date,” he said.
However, Mr. Trump shot back, saying Mr. Moon was “weak” and ungrateful for his work to alleviate Mr. Kim. He accused his South Korean counterpart of ripping off the South Korea, Moon Jae-in,” Mr. Trump said “President Moon was weak as a leader and negotiator, except when it came to the continued, long-term military ripoff of the USA … We were treated like fools for decades. However, I got them to pay billions oore for the military protection and services we render.while highlighting his friendship with Mr. Kim. “Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who I have gotten to know (and like) under the most trying of circumstances, never respected the current President of
“Theis not even going to ask for the additional billions South Korea agreed to pay us,” Mr. Trump added, referring to current President .
During his presidency, Mr. Trump positioned himself as a lead negotiator in peace talks on the Korean peninsula.
He first met in June 2018 with Kim in Singapore, the first-ever summit between the countries still technically at war, and later said the two leaders “fell in love.”
The pair met twice more during Trump’s office, and North Korea held off on nuclear and— but analysts say Pyongyang has kept advancing its weapons programs.
In March, South Korea agreed to pay 13.9 percent more toward the cost of the US troop presence on the peninsula in a six-year deal resolving an issue that plagued under the Trump administration.
The financial dispute had bedeviled the two allies’ security alliance after Trump — who took a transactional approach to foreign policy — repeatedly accused South Korea of freeloading.
Washington stationed around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from nuclear-armed North Korea and protect US interests in northeast Asia. Under the new deal, Seoul has agreed to pay 1.18 trillion won (US$1.03 billion) for 2021, with annual increases linked to its defense budget. The sum represents a 13.9 percent increase on the roughly $920 million Seoul was paying under the previous agreement, which expired in 2019 — but is a far cry from theof US$5 billion a year.