President Donald Trump defended his agreement with North Korea compared to the Iran Deal reached by former President Barack Obama.
“I don’t think a deal could be softer,” Trump said in response to a question from ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, “First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion.”
The president repeated that the nuclear with Iran was a “terrible deal” while his agreement with Kim Jong-un cost very little.
“We’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens,” he said.
Trump appeared confident that Kim could reach deals with Japan and South Korea in the region to improve his country economically as part of his plan to denuclearize the region.
“I think he wants to denuke, it’s very important,” he said. “Without that, there’s nothing to discuss.”
George Stephanopoulos: Mr. President, thanks for doing this.
President Trump: Thank you very much.
G: So we saw you sign the agreement right in this room. You also said you developed a special bond with Kim. Describe that bond.
T: Well, it’s been a very intense day, and as you know, we discussed things over the last few months.
G: You did? You’ve spoken with him before?
T: Yeah, I have spoken, yes, I have spoken to him, I have spoken to a lot of his people, his, as you know, his, I would say very top person was at the White House last week. And so we’ve developed a pretty good relationship in terms of getting something done. It got done. I think it’s a terrific document. It’s a starter, but it’s a terrific document. I think far more — and there are things that we negotiated after that document that are also very important.
G: Like what?
T: They’re going to get rid of certain ballistic missile sites and various other things. We’re gonna put that out later. But we have the framework of getting ready to denuclearize North Korea.