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Trump and Kim Jong-un and their Colorful Exchanges since 2014
After months of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, officials made a stunning announcement on Thursday: Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, had invited President Trump to meet and discuss his country’s nuclear program — and Mr. Trump accepted.
And for the last year, the two leaders have been trading insults. Here are some of the most notable things Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have said about each other and how this meeting is expected to be about.
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
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North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/11/2018
"Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"
- Mr trump tweeted at 5:08 PM - 8 Mar 2018.
Michael
3/26/2018
The idea of getting hit by missiles scares me. There has to be a better way. Anyone listening?
Sanaa
4/9/2018
It has to
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Jan. 11, 2018: ‘Trump Signals Openness to North Korea Diplomacy’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”
— Mr. Trump, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal which was unusual but smart as a politician!
Sanaa
3/14/2018
A man like that .. I don't think he listens to anybody but himself
Ambiguous Echidna
5/4/2018
and yet here we are on the verge of a diplomatic breakthrough, after decades of deadlock. Remember that it was Nixon (an rabid anti-communist) who made peace between the US and China, and Reagan (who famously threatened to nuke Iran) to end the Cold War. It's often the unexpected dinner guest who makes the meal a success.
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Jan. 2, 2018: ‘I too have a nuclear button’ www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

— Mr. Trump, responding in a tweet
Omar
3/12/2018
Omg, it feels like children playing.
Sanaa
3/14/2018
Yeah .. exactly .. showing off power
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Jan. 1, 2018: ‘I have a nuclear button on the desk’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“It’s not a mere threat but a reality that I have a nuclear button on the desk in my office.”

“All of the mainland United States is within the range of our nuclear strike.”

— Mr. Kim, in his annual New Year’s Day speech
Omar
3/12/2018
Is this for real?!!!
Sanaa
3/14/2018
I don't think he's kidding :D
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Nov. 11, 2017: ‘I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat’ www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”

— Mr. Trump, in a tweet, after Mr. Kim’s government called Mr. Trump an “old lunatic”
Sanaa
3/14/2018
Yeah Yeah ... Never :D
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Sept. 22, 2017: ‘Obviously a madman’ www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”

— Mr. Trump, responding to Mr. Kim in a tweet hours later
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Sept. 22, 2017: ‘Mentally deranged U.S. dotard’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”

“Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”

— Mr. Kim, responding in a statement to President Trump’s threat
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Sept. 19, 2017: ‘Rocket Man’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, President Donald Trump called on countries to stop trade with North Korea and stop its nuclear program. He also targeted Iran, calling it a "reckless regime" that funds terrorism.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
— Mr. Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly
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Aug. 16, 2017: ‘A very wise’ decision www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”

— Mr. Trump, in a tweet, praising Mr. Kim’s decision not to fire missiles toward Guam, a United States territory
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
"Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision," Trump tweeted. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"
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Aug. 8, 2017: ‘Fire and Fury’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
While at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States."

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," he said, with his arms crossed as he addressed reporters.

In response, North Korea announced its plan to fire missiles at Guam, which it said would "send a serious warning signal to the US."

Trump's harsh stance came just several months after he said he would meet Kim, "under the right circumstances." In April he called Kim a "smart cookie."
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July 3, 2017: ‘Trump's reaction to North Korea launching a missile’ www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
....and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
richard
3/11/2018
this whole thing is horrible and we might find ourselves going to war... again...
Futuristic Partridge
3/11/2018
You're right .. this time is different .. it will affect everyone. I hope to God it never happens
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Feb. 10, 2016: ‘A Bad Dude — and Don’t Underestimate Him’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
“I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly.”
“I mean this guy’s a bad dude — and don’t underestimate him.”
“Any young guy that can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably wants the position, this is not somebody to be underestimated.”
— Mr. Trump, speaking about Mr. Kim on “CBS This Morning” during the presidential campaign
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Sept. 16, 2015: ‘This maniac sitting there’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
During the second GOP presidential debate in September of 2015, Trump called Kim a "maniac" without mentioning by name.
"Nobody ever mentions North Korea where you have this maniac sitting there and he actually has nuclear weapons and somebody better start thinking about North Korea and perhaps a couple of other places," he said. But certainly North Korea."
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May 7, 2014: ‘Last place on Earth I want to go’ www.ravenshare.com
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
Mr. Trump, in a tweet, more than a year after Mr. Rodman visited North Korea and watched a basketball exhibition with Mr. Kim.
In 2014, Rodman told Business Insider that Donald Trump wanted to go with him to North Korea.
"Donald Trump wanted to go," Rodman said. "He wanted to give me his plane to go over there."
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March 8, 2018: ‘Meeting being planned!’ YouTube
GoldenOwl
3/10/2018
Here's a transcript of the remarks made on Thursday by South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong:
"Good evening.
Today, I had the privilege of briefing President Trump on my recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korea. I’d like to thank President Trump, the vice president and his wonderful national security team, including my close friend General McMaster. I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership.
I told President Trump that, in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue. And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.
President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.
The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan, and our many partners around the world remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
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Along with President Trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
The Republic of Korea, the United States and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions."
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