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US envoy arrives in North Korea as Trump announces second summit with Kim
U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-trailed announcement of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month in Vietnam sets up another box-office summit between the two mercurial leaders who were once bitter verbal enemies.
As Trump and Kim prepare for their second date, here are some key quotes from their relationship, from brinkmanship to one of the world’s most unlikely bromances.
‘A madman with nuclear weapons’
“We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that,” Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a phone call in April 2017, shortly after taking up residency in the White House.
“We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20 — but we don’t want to use it.”
‘Rocket man’ versus ‘U.S. dotard’
In September that year, in his debut speech at the United Nations, Trump dubbed Kim a “rocket man” on a “suicide mission.”
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he said.