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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump meet for the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam
US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his "confidence" in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeting an approving snicker at his recent insult of Joe Biden and brushing off concerns over Pyongyang's short-range missile tests.

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to rekindle his somewhat stale bromance with Kim, hanging in the balance after their summit in Vietnam in February faltered and was further threatened by the recent seizure of a North Korean cargo ship by the US.

Trump, on a state visit to Japan, which eyes hosting its own summit with North Korea, defied hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, tweeting dismissively about "some small weapons" fired by Pyongyang "which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."

"I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me," Trump tweeted.


Trump has previously downplayed the fact that Pyongyang ended its self-imposed moratorium on missile tests by test-firing several short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 10.

While the launches left the US president unfazed, they did not sit well with his entourage, namely Bolton, who accused Pyongyang of violating UN Security Council resolutions.


Comment: The Koreans said, in response to Bolton:
"Banning launches using ballistic technology is equal to telling us to give up our right to self defence. Even in the US, Bolton is well-known as a war fanatic. Such a human defect must go away as soon as possible."



Next, Trump complimented Kim's recent insult of his most likely 2020 Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. A connoisseur of petty name-calling himself, he apparently felt inspired by the Korean State News Agency, which labeled Biden a "fool of low IQ," to come up with a new nickname for him (while not actually spelling his name correctly).

"Also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan (sic) a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that's sending me a signal?" Trump tweeted.

Trump didn't elaborate on the "signal" part, though it does seem in keeping with previous flirtatious statements. On several occasions, Trump has professed his affections, talking about "beautiful letters" from the North Korean leader, and once even saying that he "fell in love" with Kim.

The feelings appear to be unrequited. At least publicly, Pyongyang has had few nice words for Trump's administration, warning the US on Friday that it would not resume the stalled denulcearization talks until Washington drops its "impossible demands."