The US president has claimed his stance towards Kim Jong-un was successful
23 Aug 2017, 17:40 ( 23 Aug, 2017) | updated: 24 Aug 2017, 14:20 ( 24 Aug, 2017)
Donald Trump has claimed his aggressive stance on North Korea has worked and its leader Kim Jong-un has started to 'respect him'.Some people said it was too strong. It's not strong enough,' he told a gathering of thousands of supporters at a campaign style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. But Kim Jong-Un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much.'His Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said peaceful talks between the nations were now possible 'in the near future' and welcomed the restraint the North had showed in its weapons program. While visiting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Science, Kim ordered the production of rocket engines and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to be stepped up, state media reported.
And only yesterday, a chilling North Korean propaganda video appears to show Trump staring at the apocalyptic remains of US territory Guam, which Kim threatened to attack.The footage released by Kim Jong-Un's state run media featured a macabre shot of Trump at cemetery, apparently in Guam, and Vice President Mike Pence engulfed in flames. Tensions between North Korea and the United States and its allies soared last month after Pyongyang tested two long-range missiles that appeared to bring US cities within its rangeUS President Donald Trump vowed to respond with 'fire and fury' against the reclusive state, raising fears of a devastating regional conflict.Kim's regime later postponed a threat to fire missiles towards the US Pacific island territory of Guam, and Washington said it would be open to dialogue if Pyongyang were to take steps to calm tensions.
'We need to see more on their part, but I want to acknowledge the steps they've taken thus far.'North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year. Last week, Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his 'wise' decision while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was available to help broker talks.So called six-party talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program collapsed in 2008 following a North Korean rocket launch, after which Pyongyang said it was pulling out of a 2005 agreement to freeze the program.In May, North Korea thumbed its nose at Tillerson personally by testing a missile just after the US secretary of state chaired a UN Security Council meeting.
During the session, he warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences.'China and Russia backed the U.N. sanctions but have urged the United States to enter dialogue with North Korea in return for a freeze in weapons testing.Washington has long argued that any future talks with North Korea must have the aim of it giving up its nuclear weapons, something North Korea has rejected as long as the United States maintains a 'hostile policy' towards it.