Trump spoke a day after the Wall Street Journal reported Kim's slain half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was a source for the US Central Intelligence Agency.
U.S. President Donald Trump took a public stance against the use of CIA informants to spy on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, saying it would not happen on his watch and possibly taking away a valuable tool of the U.S. intelligence community.
A year after President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time, they appear committed to a personal bond upon which hopes for peace appear to rest, despite a stalemate in efforts to get Kim to abandon nuclear weapons.
There's a new theory surrounding the murder of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in a Malaysian airport.
Earlier this month, Salon spoke with former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, who represented the Obama administration in Russian Federation. Last year, the American president called one of Kim's letters "a handsome piece of art".More news: Why isn't Instagram taking down the Mark Zuckerberg deepfake?
Kim Dae-jung tried to promote better ties on the divided Korean peninsula and became the first South Korean leader to meet North Korea's then-leader, Kim Jong Il, in 2000.
"I think that something will happen that's going to be very positive", he said.
North Korea also sent a delegation to the South following Kim Dae-jung's death in 2009.
"I don't know, I have not heard about that", the president said, before contradicting himself and assuring Kim Jong Un that his administration wouldn't do anything so underhanded.
Yet his National Security Adviser John Bolton and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan have both said that the tests violated United Nations resolutions.
At the time, it was assumed North Korea's ruthless leader had simply eliminated a potential rival. Those charges were reduced, however, and both were released earlier this year.More news: Bethesda at E3 2019: Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo enliven muted show
The optimism that the two leaders generated in Singapore all but evaporated in February when a second summit, in Vietnam, dramatically fell apart without even a recommitment to the general goals outlined in a statement signed in Singapore.
Bob Baer, a former CIA case officer and CNN analyst, said that it is not a surprise that Trump would deny the US has used spies to collect intelligence on North Korea.
It said Kim's backpack contained A$174,000 in cash, which could have been payment for intelligence-related activities, or earnings from his casino businesses.
On Monday, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that Biegun continues to work "diligently" on US-North Korea relations and noted that successful negotiations are "never linear".