WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Saturday that he believes that North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests, as he prepares for a summit in May with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Un.
Trump mention in a tweet that North Korea has refrained from such tests since November and said Kim “has promised not to do that by means of our meetings.”
“I think they honor that promise,” the president wrote.
Trump shocked many within and outside his administration on Thursday when he told South Korean officials who had just returned from talks in North Korea that he would be willing to accept Kim’s invitation.
Earlier Saturday, Trump tweeted that China was glad that he was pursuing a diplomatic solution instead of “with the ominous alternative” and that Japan is “very excited” about the agreed-to work.
Trump has spoken with both the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime minister shinzo Abe since Thursday for the announcement, and said Xi “appreciates that the U.S. is working to resolve the issue diplomatically instead of with the ominous alternative.”
Trump had previously threatened North Korea with “fire and fury, as the world has never seen.”
Trump also said that China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, “remains a must!” Trump has repeatedly called on China to do more to pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear program.
Trump said in another tweet on Saturday that Abe is “is very excited about the talks with North Korea” and that the two discussed how to narrow the U.S.-Japan trade deficit. Trump wrote, “It is well!”
Trump misspelled Xi’s first name as “Xinping” in the first version of his tweet about China, but later corrected.