U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that he believes the leader of North Korea sees a “different future” for his people.
“I really believe that he sees a different future for the North Koreans,” he said. “I hope that’s true.”
As Trump was speaking, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in flight on his way to Pyongyang for talks with Kim on denuclearization to followup on last month’s summit between the two leaders.
There have been reports in the past week that North Korea has been continuing to expand its ballistic missile technology program even in the wake of the historic summit held in Singapore.
North Korea is expanding a major missile manufacturing plant, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported that Pyongyang is also upgrading a nuclear research facility.
Israeli security officials are watching intently, since North Korea maintains close ties with both Iran and Syria, and has been deeply involved in providing Syria with parts in order to build nuclear reactors in the past. Likewise, Pyongyang has maintained cordial ties with Tehran as well.
Both Iran and Syria are committed to Israel’s destruction and have transferred advanced weaponry to terrorist proxy groups for use in attacks against the Jewish State.