France alarmed after Trump ‘practically hugged’ Kim: minister

PARIS-¬†French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian has criticised Donald Trump’s “destabilising” foreign policy on Wednesday after the US leader had a fell out with historic US allies during the G7 summit and in a matter of days later he said Trump “practically hugged” North Korea’s dictator.

Le Drian acknowledged that Tuesday’s summit between Trump and Kim was “an undoubted step forward”, but said he was concerned about the US president’s diplomatic manoeuvres.

He said to CNews television, “In the space of just a day you see President Trump attacking Mr Trudeau who is a historic ally, and you see President Trump breaking with his collective allies after the G7 meeting in Quebec, and the next day practically hugged a dictator born into a Communist dictatorship which just a few days ago he said he was completely opposed to,”

“We are in a destabilising situation,”

“President Trump has decided to progressively dismantle the tools of multilateralism created after the last war. It is a period of uncertainty and risk… America is shutting itself away in its fortress of power.”

Trump critics have questioned his friendly embrace of Kim during their meeting but has been cold and highly critically of members of the G7 who have been the US allies for decades.

Le Drian has also questioned Kim’s intentions of denuclearizing, he said, “There have already been in the past gestures towards denuclearisation by the father of Kim Jong Un that came to nothing,”

“So today it’s good news, let’s take it as such, but let’s make sure this principle of denuclearisation which was flaunted at this summit is really irreversible and verifiable.”

Photo Credit- Reuters / KCNA

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