North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is in a “vegetative state” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month, a Japanese magazine says.
The weekly Shukan Gendai reported Friday that a Chinese medic sent to North Korea as part of a team to treat Kim believed a delay in a simple procedure left the leader severely ill, Reuters reported.
North Korean media hasn’t mentioned Kim’s health or whereabouts, even though reports by other media have sparked international speculation about his well-being.
The Chinese expert told the magazine that Kim clutched his chest and fell to the ground on a visit to the countryside earlier this month. A doctor accompanying Kim performed CPR and took him to a nearby hospital.
Kim, believed to be 36, needed a stent procedure, which calls for placing a tube into a congested blood vessel to allow blood to keep flowing to the heart, according to Shukan Gendai.
Earlier this week, Seoul-based website Daily NK reported that Kim was recovering after undergoing a cardiovascular procedure on April 12.
According to USA Today, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his special nuclear envoy to the United States executed in March after the failed summit between his country and the U.S.
North Korean newspaper Chosen Ilbo reported the news on Friday.
Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad in March along with four other foreign ministry officials, the paper reported, citing an unidentified North Korean source.
North Korea neither confirmed nor denied the report. South Korea’s government was not able to confirm the claim. Previous media reports about the fate of North Korean officials who have fallen afoul of Pyongyang’s leader have proven to be false.
Chosun Ilbo reported Kim Hyok Chol and the other senior officials were shot after being accused of spying for the United States.
The paper reported Kim Jong Un ordered the purge amid mounting dissatisfaction with the summit in Hanoi – the second time Kim and Trump met for face-to-face talks. In Vietnam, they failed to reach a deal because of conflicts over the White House’s call for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.
Chol led working-level negotiations for the March nuclear summit.
Donald Trump has repeatedly acknowledged his respect and admiration for the North Korean leader.
Kim Jong Un has executed five top officials for their roles in the Kim-Trump summit negotiations.
But here is Trump professing his love for the Dictator: “We went back and forth, then we fell in love. He wrote me beautiful letters. And they are great letters. We fell in love.” pic.twitter.com/D6IVgBm1pZ
Donald Trump accused folks of ‘misinterpreting’ his statement that he believes North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s claim that he didn’t know anything about the case of college student Otto Warmbier.
Earlier this week, Trump told reporters, “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”
Yesterday, the Donald tweeted that his message was not properly understood, although it’s not clear how it was ‘misinterpreted.’
I never like being misinterpreted, but especially when it comes to Otto Warmbier and his great family. Remember, I got Otto out along with three others. The previous Administration did nothing, and he was taken on their watch. Of course I hold North Korea responsible….
….for Otto’s mistreatment and death. Most important, Otto Warmbier will not have died in vain. Otto and his family have become a tremendous symbol of strong passion and strength, which will last for many years into the future. I love Otto and think of him often!
The parents of Otto Warmbier, who attended Trump’s first State of the Union address, issued a scathing rebuke regarding his ‘believing’ the North Korean leader, which read, in part, “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”
You were NOT “misinterpreted.” You sided with a brutal dictator over the Warmbier family and U.S. Intelligence agencies. An apology would have been appropriate, but per usual you just issued another lie to try to cover up your misdeeds. You’re pathetic.
“There’s no misinterpretation here, it’s very clear: the Warmbiers say that Kim is responsible…President Trump says he takes Kim at his word that he wasn’t” – @jaketapper on Trump claiming that his comments on Warmbier and Kim Jong Un were misinterpreted https://t.co/E7lD0IfwuTpic.twitter.com/OfoXYBGVDK
During a press conference in Vietnam, Donald Trump responded to the testimony of his former attorney, Michael Cohen, before Congress yesterday.
In the same breath, Trump accused Cohen of lying “a lot,” but telling the truth about Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Trump also criticized the House Oversight Committee for having the hearing while he was abroad. What he doesn’t mention is the Trumpster scheduled his trip AFTER the committee appearance with Cohen was announced.
Trump, at the exact same time, tries to slam Michael Cohen for being a liar and praise him for saying he has no proof of Russian collusion.
“He lied a lot, but it was very interesting, because he didn’t lie about one thing: He said no collusion.” Via ABC pic.twitter.com/2pSB1l3bxp
In other news, the man who claims he wrote “The Art of the Deal” couldn’t close the deal in Vietnam where he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
According to CNN, the summit ended abruptly with no joint agreement after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country.
“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said during a news conference following the conclusion of the summit, which broke up earlier than planned. “This was just one of those times.”
NBC News shares that the breakdown in talks “is sure to come as a relief to many North Korea experts — including some Democratic and Republican lawmakers — who worried Trump was ready to make concessions to Kim without securing a firm and verifiable disarmament commitment from the dictator.”
At the press event, Trump also declared he believed the known-dictator’s claims that he knew nothing about the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who was held as a political prisoner by North Korea.
When he was finally returned to the United States, he died a few days later due to harsh and brutal treatment in North Korea.
Trump said, “I don’t believe Kim would have allowed that to happen to” Otto Warmbier. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”
FFS, of course he knew about it.
Trump says Kim Jong Un ‘felt badly’ about Otto Warmbier, but that he doesn’t believe the North Korean leader knew about the American college student’s torture.
Walking away from the summit was better than making a bad deal. It’s also the result of a poorly planned strategy.
But accepting Kim’s denial of involvement in Warmbier’s death? Detestable, and harkens back to Trump’s duplicitous acceptances of denials from other dictators. https://t.co/JvidU3AJYO— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 28, 2019
Imagine if Obama praised Kim Jong Un, defended him and took him at his word that he had nothing to do with the death of Otto Warmbier, and walked away from Hanoi with nothing. What would Republicans say? Just indulge this exercise for a moment. #HanoiSummit— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 28, 2019
Trump took Vladimir Putin at his word on Russian election interference.
He took MBS at his word over the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Truly remarkable: Trump runs cover for Kim on Otto Warmbier: “I don’t believe he would have allowed that…he felt very badly about it…he tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word”.
With Fox News morning show “Fox and Friends” airing from the lawn of the White House, Donald Trump strolled out to chat with host Steve Doocy Friday morning
During the interview segment talking about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump shared that he he admires how North Koreans “sit up at attention” when their leader speaks and he wants “my people to do that same.”
Left out of that comment is the fact that Kim is a dictator who starves its own people.
“Hey, he is the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head,” Mr. Trump told Fox News’ Steve Doocy on the White House lawn Friday. “Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
Trump later told a reporter said he was “kidding.”
“I’m kidding, you don’t understand sarcasm,” the president said.
Watch the clip below. There doesn’t seem to be any “humor” in his statement.
The president talking about Kim Jong Un:
“He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
He said it clearly, without a hint of humor or irony or anything other than his immediate instinct. This is who he is, unscripted and raw and unprecedented. https://t.co/DCwsssrj5u
It was reported earlier today that Donald Trump presented North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a slick, four-minute Hollywood movie-styled video that cast Trump and Kim as the heroes of a story about “two men, two leaders, one destiny.”
Destiny Pictures presents a story of opportunity. A new story, a new beginning. One of peace. Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story about a special moment in time, when a man is presented with one chance which may never be repeated. What will he choose? To show vision and leadership? Or not?
“History is always evolving, and there comes a time when only a few are called upon to make a difference,” the narrator of the video says. “But the question is — what difference will the few make? The past doesn’t have to be the future. Out of the darkness can come the light, and the light of hope can burn bright.”
The video is heavy-handed in its Hollywood approach — it casts the potential reconciliation between North and South Korea as a “sequel,” and the narrator proudly declares, “Destiny Pictures presents: a story of opportunity.”
The short film was shown before Trump’s press conference after the meetings concluded.
The video is clearly meant to play up to Kim Jong Un’s ego, a tactic Trump must have wholly embraced because he knew HE would respond to such cinematic overtures.
Here’s the video:
Trump was asked if he was “concerned” whether the video might be used by Kim as propaganda?
“I’m not concerned at all,” declared Trump.
Trump said he showed Kim a video made on his behalf. That video was then broadcast on screens at Trump’s presser.
A reporter asked: “Are you concerned the video you just showed can be used by Kim as propaganda?”
After a half-day of “intensive” meetings, Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un publicly signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of North Korea although some described the document as “brief and vague.”
As part of the agreement, Trump promised to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea.
The pact came at the end of a historic half-day round of negotiations that marked the first time a sitting U.S. president had met with his North Korean counterpart. “From the beginning, we got along,” Trump later told reporters.
Trump also confirmed military exercises involving American and South Korea forces would be put on hold for now. He said sanctions imposed against the Kim regime would not be removed until “we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor.”
While the agreement fell short of outlining concrete measures that would lead to Kim giving up his nuclear weapons program — the stated long-term goal of U.S. negotiators — it gave Trump and Kim a piece of paper to point to as a sign of progress and a symbol of goodwill.
SINGAPORE (AP) _ Trump departs Singapore after North Korea summit, says leaving early because `there was nothing more we could have done’
Trump told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos just hours after the summit meeting that he believes North Korea will denuclearize because of his newly-found “special bond” with Kim Jong Un.
“I do trust him, yeah,” Trump said. “Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I’ll say I made a mistake. It’s possible. We’re dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change, a lot of things are possible.”
“I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula – it’s going to be a very different relationship than it has in the past,” Trump said. He went on to say that he and Kim have “developed a very special bond” and that they spent “a lot of time together today, very intensive time.”
At a press conference after the meeting of the two leaders, Trump acknowledged that he has invited Kim Jong Un to the White House and the North Korean leader has accepted.
Trump also shared that he has no notes from the summit because he doesn’t need them. “I don’t have to verify because I have one of the great memories of all time.”
Breaking news: In a stunning announcement, South Korea’s national security adviser just announced that President Trump has accepted Kim Jung Un’s invitation to meet by May and discuss denuclearization.
Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!
Will be interesting to watch the same people who criticized President Obama for his willingness to meet with North Korea and for signing a deal to eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons suddenly praise Trump for willing to meet with Kim Jong Un over North Korean nuclear weapons.
The White House is disputing the newspaper’s story from an interview last week in which Trump claimed some success in countering the nuclear threat from North Korea and said he could be open to talks under the right conditions. He claimed good relationships with other Asian leaders dealing with North Korea. The Journal quoted Trump as then saying, “I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”
“Obviously I didn’t say that,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “I said ‘I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a big difference,” Trump continued. “Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…”
In a second tweet, Trump finished the thought. “…and they knew exactly what I said and meant,” Trump wrote. “They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”
Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also tried to defend the statement, repeating “I’d. I’d. I’d.”
Here’s the audio below. I don’t hear the Donald’s “D” he’s insisting is there.
Maybe he’s a lazy talker…?
We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported. Here is audio of the portion the White House disputes. https://t.co/eWcmiHrXJgpic.twitter.com/bx9fGFWaPw