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Trump still has 'confidence' in N. Korean leader

IANS  |  Tokyo 

US on Sunday reiterated his "confidence" in North Korean leader despite launching missile tests earlier this month.

"fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me," Trump tweeted from where he is on an official visit.

"I have confidence that Kim (Jong-un) will keep his promise to me," he added, apparently referring to what he has reported as a pledge by Kim to freeze the testing of missiles and nuclear weapons, news reported.

The regime launched several short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9 in tests overseen by the North Korean dictator. Some countries, including Japan, say the moves violate resolutions.

On Saturday in Tokyo, US also said there is "no doubt" the ballistic missile launches violate UN resolutions, in contrast to Trump's stance.

Both the US and one of its regional allies, South Korea, downplayed the importance of the tests earlier this month, which came amid the stalemate in negotiations between and to achieve the denuclearization of the

In his tweet, Trump also echoed recent North Korean criticism of former US Vice Joe Biden, who was accused by Pyongyang of being a "fool of low-IQ".

The criticism made by North Korean emerged after Biden at a campaign launch in last week asked if the US had become "a nation that embraces dictators like (Russian Vladimir) Putin and Kim Jong-un", referring to Trump's international ties.

An article by the official news agency said Biden was an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being".

Referring to those criticisms, Trump said today that he had "smiled" when called "Joe Bidan (sic) a low IQ individual, & worse".

"Perhaps that's sending me a signal?" the added in the tweet.

Trump was scheduled to play a round of golf with Japanese on Sunday and later attend the final of a sumo wrestling tournament.

On Monday, he will be received by the new emperor, Naruthito, and will meet with Abe.



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First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 08:22 IST