President Trump is very optimistic that North Korea will enact changes “virtually immediately” after his summit with dictator Kim Jong Un on Monday. Trump revealed that to Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity after the historic meeting.
According to Fox News, the two leaders, who were at great odds earlier this year, spoke with each other in Singapore. It was the first such meeting between the two countries in generations.
Tensions escalated earlier this year when Kim threatened to fire one of his newly developed long-range missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam and said, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons,” according to the Business-Standard.
But now, after the summit, Trump told Hannity that Kim is “moving rapidly” toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," emphasizing that “We are starting that process very quickly.”
“I just think that we are now we are going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately — and he’s already indicated that and you look at what he’s done,” the president explained.
Trump said North Korea would also demolish one of their major missile testing facilities. In return, the U.S. would grant the country “security guarantees” and end the joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. that have drawn so much ire from the hermit kingdom’s brutal totalitarian dictator.
The two leaders also signed a joint statement outlining goals to maintain peaceful relations between their countries and South Korea, bring prosperity to North Korea, and recover POW/MIA remains.
Trump told Hannity that his tough talk toward North Korea earlier this year when he threatened total annihilation of North Korea if they tried to nuke the U.S., was necessary rhetoric to bring Kim to the point of wanting to talk peace. And in person, he said the two of them got along well.
“So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice,” Trump said, pointing out earlier that “without the rhetoric, we wouldn’t have been here.”
“His country has to be de-nuked and he understood that, he fully understood that, he didn’t fight it,” the president assured. "We're going to have to check him. And we will check him, we'll check him very strongly. But he has a plan total and complete. He's got a total plan. It will get done."
Back in 1999, Trump shared his thoughts on what needed to be done about North Korea developing nuclear weapons: