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President Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to reach a deal with North Korea


The statement came shortly after an NBC report revealing that North Korea had been evading US sanctions

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he is in “no hurry" to reach a deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He added that there was "wonderful potential for great economic success for that country. Kim Jong Un sees it better than anyone and will fully take advantage of it for his people. We are doing just fine!"

What did the president say in his tweet?

Trump's tweeted statement came in response, he said, to "many people" asking how the U.S. negotiations with North Korea were going.

These tweets came just a few hours after a report by NBC News on a top-secret U.S. military assessment that had found that North Korea had been effective at evading United Nations sanctions.

According to the report, North Korea has been transferring oil from tankers to smaller vessels at sea, to smuggle it back to North Korean territory without being detected. U.S. attempts to intercept these transfers have reportedly been largely ineffective.

What else?

Despite a promise by Kim at the June 12 summit with Trump that he was committed to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," there have been multiple reports from both news agencies and the United Nations that said the North Koreans have continued to operate and expand their nuclear facilities. On Dec. 4, national security adviser John Bolton admitted that the North Koreans "have not lived up to the commitments so far."

The North Korean government has promised to denuclearize before — in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, and 2012. Each time they went back on that promise.

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