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World Trump says he wants US to stand at attention like North Koreans do for Kim Jong Un

17:06  15 june  2018
17:06  15 june  2018 Source:   cnn.com

South Koreans feel hope and doubt ahead of Trump-Kim summit

  South Koreans feel hope and doubt ahead of Trump-Kim summit South Koreans have been riding an emotional roller coaster during the diplomacy that set up the summit next Tuesday between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The hope is that improved relations between Washington and Pyongyang will ease tensions and dispel the threat of war, which has hung over the region for more than a half-century.

President Donald Trump said Friday he wants Americans to sit up at attention as North Koreans do for dictator Kim Jong Un , later adding that he was joking. Later Friday, Trump told reporters at the White House that he hasn't criticized Kim 's human rights records because he doesn't want to "see a

President Donald Trump on Friday defended his warm praise of Kim Jong Un , saying his newfound affinity for the North Korean dictator was making Americans safer.

Donald Trump et al. standing in front of a flag© SAUL LOEB/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump said Friday he wants Americans to sit up at attention as North Koreans do for dictator Kim Jong Un, later adding that he was joking.

"He's the head of the country," Trump said of Kim Friday during a live interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "And I mean he's the strong head. Don't let anyone think anything different."

"He speaks and his people sit up at attention," the President added. "I want my people to do the same."

Later Friday, Trump told reporters at the White House his remark was a joke.

"I was kidding," he said. "You don't understand sarcasm."

Since returning from his summit with Kim, Trump has referred to Kim as "funny," "smart," "very talented," and someone who "loves his people."

North Korea has perpetuated human rights abuses for decades, according to watchdog agencies, human rights groups and the US government.

According to Trump, the two leaders privately discussed human rights and Kim reacted "very well."

Later Friday, Trump told reporters at the White House that he hasn't criticized Kim's human rights records because he doesn't want to "see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family."

"I want to have a good relationship with North Korea," Trump said.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

North Korea skips annual 'anti-US imperialism' rally .
North Korea has opted not to hold an "anti-U.S. imperialism" rally marking the anniversary of the start of the Korean War, another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. Last year's event was held on Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square with a reported 100,000 people attending. The North even issued special anti-U.S. postage stamps.But for the first time in years, no such rally was planned on Monday.North Koreans normally join the annual rally that sets off a month of anti-U.S., Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. © FoxNews.

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