North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave President Biden the cold shoulder – a sharp contrast to his relationship with his predecessor Donald Trump.
A Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the White House « contacted Kim through a number of channels, including in New York, from mid-February. »
Defense Secretary and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are expected to meet officials in Japan and South Korea next week, despite failed efforts by the White House to reach Kim.
These meetings will most likely raise concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported.
Trump and Kim enjoyed some sort of bromance during the former president’s tenure, though Kim wasn’t ultimately convinced to give up his ballistic missiles.
The former president previously claimed that Kim wrote him “nice letters” and that they “fell in love”. Trump and Kim reportedly offered Kim a ride on Air Force One after their summit in Vietnam.
Even so, Trump and Kim also had their failures. Worst-case, Trump threatened to rain « fire and anger » on Kim, taunting him with his « bigger &, more powerful » nuclear button – and the North Korean dictator called Trump a crazy « dotard ».
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