Trump Calls Latest Developments in North Korea ‘Very Exciting’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets U.S. President Donald Trump
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets U.S. President Donald Trump / Getty Images
• September 19, 2018 9:11 am


President Donald Trump called the latest developments in North Korea "very exciting" in early Wednesday morning tweets.

"Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing. Hero remains to continue being returned home to the United States. Also, North and South Korea will file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics. Very exciting!" Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

North Korea has agreed to dismantle its primary nuclear complex and allow international inspectors in the country if the United States takes corresponding actions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the news during a joint press conference on Wednesday with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The two leaders also talked about the possibility of an official end to the Korean War and filing a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics.

The developments are a change from previous weeks, which have seen predominantly tense relations between the U.S. and North Korea. Last month, Trump canceled a scheduled meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials because of the lack of progress from North Korea.

Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore prior to that, in June. In the wake of the Trump-Kim summit, Trump claimed North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat to the United States. While North Korea hasn't tested a ballistic missile or a nuclear weapon since the summit, the country has yet to dismantle its nuclear weapons program or dispose of ballistic missiles that have the ability to strike the United States.

North Korea has returned the remains of some of the fallen American service members from the Korean War and continues to transfer remains to U.S. custody.