Trump: Denuclearization of North Korea ‘Means They Get Rid of Their Nukes’

• April 24, 2018 1:50 pm


President Donald Trump said Tuesday he defined denuclearization of North Korea as the rogue country getting rid of all its nuclear weapons.

"Meetings are being set up, and I want to see denuclearization of North Korea. A lot of concessions have already been made," Trump said at a White House press conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump said he had made no concessions on his side ahead of a planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. North Korea announced last week through state media that it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, as well as abolish a nuclear test site in what it called an effort to bring peace to the peninsula.

Trump tweeted Sunday North Korea had "agreed to denuclearization," although Kim had not done so as defined by the Trump administration.

Asked how he defines denuclearization, Trump said it meant "they get rid of their nukes."

"It means they get rid of their nukes. Very simple," Trump said. "They get rid of their nukes, and nobody else would say it. It would be very easy for me to make a simple deal and claim victory. I don't want to do that. I want them to get rid of their nukes."