İrem UZUN - TDO- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has accused the Trump administration of dragging its feet in nuclear negotiations and warned that his country will soon show a new strategic weapon to the world as it bolsters its nuclear deterrent in the face of "gangster-like" U.S. pressure.
The North Korean leader told a four-day meeting of party officials in Pyongyang that the test ban, which Kim agreed to in talks with the U.S. president, was no longer needed, state media said on Wednesday. Kim also reportedly said his country planned to introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future.
In response, Trump said he had a good relationship with Kim and believed the North Korean leader would keep his word to refrain from nuclear and long-range missile tests. “He did sign a contract, he did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization...That was done in Singapore, and I think he’s a man of his word, so we’re going to find out,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
A self-imposed ban has been at the center of the nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington over the past two years, which has involved three meetings between him and Trump, but little tangible progress. But Kim gave no clear indication that the restarting of such tests was imminent and seemed to leave the door open for eventual negotiations.