Categories for North Korea

27,304. 8/10/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!” 

Donald Trump,, August 10, 2019 6:58 am

27,303. 8/10/2019

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises. It was…..”

Donald Trump,, August 10, 2019 6:58 am

27,241. 8/7/2019

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “South Korea has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea. Over the past many decades, the U.S. has been paid very little by South Korea, but last year, at the request of President Trump, South Korea paid $990,000,000..”

Donald Trump,, August 7, 2019 5:21 am

27,143. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested 3 short range missiles over the last number of days. These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands. There may be a United Nations violation, but..” 

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

27,142. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain – the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited. Also, there is far too much to lose. I may be wrong, but I believe that……”

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

27,141. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Chariman Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!”

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

26,954. 7/26/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [7-26-19] downplayed North Korea’s missile tests that took place the day before, saying he wasn’t surprised by the short range launches and shrugging off the volatile nation’s warning to South Korea. Despite North Korea calling the tests a ‘solemn warning’ to its southern neighbors, Trump argued to reporters in the Oval Office that he didn’t view the incident as a setback to potential nuclear talks with leader Kim Jong Un because ‘many people have those missiles’…A reporter then said the president didn’t sound surprised by the tests, to which Trump responded: ‘Not at all.’ The Associated Press reported that North Korea called the tests a ‘solemn warning’ targeted at ‘South Korean military warmongers.’ Though Pyongyang pointedly avoided calling out the U.S., the test of ‘a new type of tactical guided weapon’ came as the U.S. and South Korea planned to hold joint military drills in the region. But the president brushed off those concerns, as well, asserting that they weren’t his problem.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump downplays latest North Korean missile tests,” Politico, July 26, 2019 5:53 pm

26,448. 7/11/2019

CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As he tries to tackle the greatest challenges to American power in Asia, President Trump is overturning policy toward China and North Korea that for decades was as canonical as Confucian ritual. With North Korea, he is engaging with the enemy in hopes that negotiations will yield a surrender of nuclear weapons. With China, Mr. Trump says the United States must take a big step back from an economic relationship that has strengthened a formidable rival. The shifts were prompted by internal changes in each country, combined with Mr. Trump’s unorthodox instincts and the views of his senior Asia advisers. The administration now has growing bipartisan support in Washington to widen an emerging global conflict with China and build diplomacy with North Korea.

-Edward Wong, “Trump’s Asia Gamble: Shatter Enduring Strategies on China and North Korea,” The New York Times online, July 11, 2019

26,183. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….In the meantime, our teams will be meeting to work on some solutions to very long term and persistent problems. No rush, but I am sure we will ultimately get there!”

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 5:17 pm

26,182. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was great being with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea this weekend. We had a great meeting, he looked really well and very healthy – I look forward to seeing him again soon….” 

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 5:16 pm

26,179. 7/1/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/JOE BIDEN/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday [7-1-19] lambasted Donald Trump over recent foreign policy decisions, dismissing the president’s historic trip into North Korean territory over the weekend as a photo-op, while blaming Trump for the deterioration of relations with Iran. Over the weekend, Trump met with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, for the third time in his presidency and became the first sitting American president to step foot in the isolated country. The meeting, which took place in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, was capped off by Trump’s stepping onto the North Korean side of the line in a made-for-TV moment that Democrats immediately denounced as a photo-op, despite both sides agreeing to restart nuclear talks. The New York Times reported afterward that the administration is considering agreeing to a ‘freeze’ of North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal as opposed to a more comprehensive denuclearization pact, a notion rejected by national security adviser John Bolton, who was absent from Sunday’s summit.

Caitlin Oprysko, “Biden dings Trump for his handling of North Korea and Iran,” Politico, July 1, 2019 4:11 pm

26,176. 7/1/2019

MEDIA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Stephanie Grisham, the new White House press secretary, returned from the Demilitarized Zone with a bruise on her arm after physically pushing North Korean officials to clear a way for American journalists to cover President Trump’s meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. In a video of the clash, Ms. Grisham can be seen — iPhone in one hand — wedging her body between a railing and a throng of men crowding a hallway. ‘Go,’ she commanded a group of journalists as she held back the North Koreans, opening a path for the journalists. Making her first mark in the job by fighting, physically, for press access, Ms. Grisham offered a stark contrast to how Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s first press secretary, introduced himself to the world when he assumed the same position. Dressed in an ill-fitting suit, Mr. Spicer had stood at the White House lectern and stated, falsely, that Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd drew the ‘largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.’”

Annie Karni, “Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s New Press Secretary, Literally Pushes for Press Access,” The New York times online, July 1, 2019

26,175. 7/1/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Trump reveled in his historic weekend stroll into North Korea, administration officials were sharply at odds on Monday [7-1-19] over what demands to make of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, while preparing to restart negotiations on a nuclear deal. Pushing an internal debate into the open, John R. Bolton, the national security adviser and the most prominent hawk in the administration, reacted angrily to a report in The New York Times about the possibility of a deal to effectively freeze North Korea’s nuclear activity in return for American concessions. Some officials are considering a freeze as a first step toward a more comprehensive agreement for Mr. Kim to give up his entire nuclear program. Mr. Bolton has long insisted that the North Koreans dismantle their nuclear program and give up their entire arsenal of warheads before getting any rewards.”

Edward Wong, “Trump Officials Are Split Over Approach to North Korea Talks,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019

26,174. 7/1/2019

IVANKA/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Set against a tense, eerie silence in the landmine-riddled mountains separating South and North Korea, the Demilitarized Zone may be the highest-stakes negotiation site on earth. It’s not the sort of place for mistakes. It is the latest spot where Ivanka Trump has tried her hand at statecraft. On Sunday [6-30-19], Ms. Trump, the president’s elder daughter, used an impromptu meeting between her father and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to further slip into the role of unofficial spokeswoman and budding stateswoman for the Trump administration. With her husband, fellow senior adviser Jared Kushner, at her side, Ms. Trump delivered news interviews, posed for photos and met Mr. Kim. Earlier in the day, Ms. Trump had repeated what her father has often said about dealing with the North: that it would be free of crippling sanctions and clear for an economic boom if Mr. Kim were to dismantle his nuclear program. Scant evidence suggests that Mr. Kim is taking the steps to do this, but on Sunday, two Trumps rewarded him with a visit.”

Katie Rogers, “Ivanka Trump Tests Her Diplomatic Chops and Riles a Legion of Critics,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019

26,165. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘In my opinion the President has done more good on the Korean issue in the last year and a half than President Obama did in eight years. If you look at the strides they made during the Obama years, which advocated strategic patience-they stuck their head in the sand. This is…..” 

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 10:47 am

26,166. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..why President Trump has to deal with North Korea the way it is now. He had to figure out what to do with the Korea mess. I think this is why the President deserves a lot of credit.’ Harry Kazianis, Center for the National Interest. Thank you!”

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 10:47 am

26,162. 7/1/2019

G20/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you to President Moon of South Korea for hosting the American Delegation and me immediately following the very successful G-20 in Japan. While there, it was great to call on Chairman Kim of North Korea to have our very well covered meeting. Good things can happen for all!” 

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 9:57 am

26,153. 6/30/2019

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Leaving South Korea after a wonderful meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Stood on the soil of North Korea, an important statement for all, and a great honor!”

Donald Trump,, June 30, 2019 5:21 am

26,140. 6/28/2019

G20/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is making an unconventional gambit to restart nuclear negotiations with North Korea, inviting dictator Kim Jong Un to meet him Sunday at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Kim didn’t immediately accept the last-minute offer, but Trump said he would go to the heavily fortified border regardless, and just may step across into North Korea territory while there…Trump’s invitation took world leaders, and even some of his own advisers, by surprise. Indeed, the president claimed that he had only come up with the concept hours before tweeting it out. And goodwill between the two counties has also cooled since Trump cut short his second summit with Kim Jong Un in February, putting a freeze on months of nuclear negotiations. North Korea welcomed the request but said it was waiting for an official proposal. ‘I consider this a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received any official proposal,’ said Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, in a statement carried on the official Korean News Agency.”

Anita Kumar and Matthew Choi, “Trump’s DMZ gambit with Kim aims to restart nuclear talks,” Politico, June 28, 2019 7:37 pm

26,139. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Donald Trump,, June 28, 2019 5:51 pm

26,134. 6/28/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As the US crisis with Iran continues, carrying with it the frightening prospect of a possible military confrontation with Tehran, one question looms large. If Donald Trump can summit, negotiate and send self-described love letters to Kim Jong Un, one of the world’s last true authoritarians — a man whose country (like Iran) is on America’s state sponsors of terror list; who has up to an estimated 60 nuclear weapons; who has launched missiles at Japan and threatened South Korea; and whose record on human rights and abuses against his own people justifiably puts him in the evil category — why can’t he sit down with senior Iranian officials to figure a way out of the current crisis? The quick answer of course in the context of the current crisis is that having watched the United States withdraw from the 2015 nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions, the most recent of which are directed against the Supreme Leader, Tehran isn’t interested in talking, and the administration, tethered to its maximum pressure campaign, isn’t all that interested either right now, even though Trump has repeatedly offered to sit down with President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions.”

Aaron David Miller, “If Trump can negotiate with Kim Jong Un, why not Iran?,” CNN Politics,, June 28, 2019 3:22 pm

25,931. 6/21/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump has long talked a big game when it comes to standing up to U.S. adversaries. He’s threatened ‘fire and fury’ against North Korea, hinted at military action in Venezuela and warned that he could bring about the ‘official end of Iran.’ But, when faced with evidence of nefarious activities by such countries and pushed by hawkish advisers to mount a military response, Trump keeps stepping back from the ledge. The president’s latest move, canceling an imminent U.S. military strike against Iran after Tehran shot down a U.S. drone, risks creating a ‘Boy who cried ‘wolf!’’ scenario: Trump’s future threats may not be taken seriously and adversaries could dangerously miscalculate how he will react, former U.S. officials and analysts across the political spectrum warned…Trump came to the White House 2½ years ago from the bombastic world of New York real estate and the illusionist stage of reality TV. But his apparent hopes that rhetoric and threats of military action would bully America’s adversaries into caving to his demands have yet to produce the desired results, despite Trump’s claims to the contrary.”

Nahal Toosi, “Trump smothers his own military threats,” Politico, June 21, 2019 4:08 pm

25,890. 6/20/2019

CHINA/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “China’s leader, Xi Jinping, arrived in North Korea’s capital on Thursday [6-20-19] to a 21-gun salute at the airport, the release of thousands of balloons and crowds lining the streets, as his car wound its way to the mausoleum where the North’s founder lies. The elaborate ceremonial welcome for Mr. Xi, making his first visit to the North since taking power seven years ago, seemed designed as an upbeat makeover of what has been a dour relationship between him and the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un. The two are engaged in separate disputes with President Trump — one over trade, the other over the North’s nuclear weapons. American officials have said they expect Mr. Xi to try to make headway with Mr. Kim on the nuclear issue, then use that as leverage with Mr. Trump on trade next week, when the two are expected to meet in Japan. Such expectations grew on Wednesday [6-19-19] when a rare article by Mr. Xi appeared in the North Korean ruling party’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.”

Jane Perlez, “Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,856. 6/19/2019

CHINA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Officially, President Xi Jinping of China is visiting North Korea this week to strengthen ‘strategic communication and exchanges’ between the two countries, as he wrote on Wednesday [6-19-19] in a front-page op-ed for a North Korean state newspaper. Unofficially, he is likely there to talk about — or at least send a message to — President Trump. Mr. Xi arrived in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, on Thursday for a two-day state visit with Kim Jong-un, the country’s mysterious and mercurial leader. It is the first trip by a Chinese president to North Korea in 14 years, and only the second time a world leader has met Mr. Kim on his home turf. The visit comes as the leaders of both countries are locked in stalled disputes with the United States, and each may be looking to the other for help gaining leverage with Mr. Trump. For Mr. Xi, the meeting is a good way of reminding the American president — with whom he is entangled in a trade war and is expected to meet at the upcoming Group of 20 meeting — that China wields valuable influence over the nuclear-capable North.”

Russell Goldman, “The Unspoken Agenda at the Xi-Kim Meeting? Could Be Messaging Trump,” The New York Times online, June 19, 2019

25,827. 6/17/2019

IRAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After coming to office vowing to solve two very different nuclear crises, President Trump finds himself in a bind familiar to his predecessors: careening toward a confrontation with Iran and stalemated with North Korea. Iran’s announcement on Monday [6-17-19] that it expects within 10 days to blow past the limits on how much nuclear fuel it can stockpile opens a new and perilous phase of its confrontation with the West. After a year of restraint, during which Iran complied with the terms of an agreement that Mr. Trump very publicly abandoned, there is a greater sense than at any time in recent years that what began as an effort to drive Iran to the negotiating table may instead push the two countries into a conflict leaders on both sides insist they do not want. Iran is still well more than a year away from being able to build a weapon — perhaps much longer. North Korea, by contrast, already has dozens, and appears to be adding to its arsenal at a rapid clip, according to American intelligence experts, despite Mr. Trump’s insistent wooing of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.”

David E. Sanger, “Trump Careens Toward a Confrontation With Iran,” The New York Times online, June 17, 2019