“I know this: that the relationship is such that that wouldn’t happen under my auspices, but I don’t know about that. Nobody knows,” he said.
In an article Monday, the Wall Street Journal claimed that the elder Kim brother had been a source for the CIA and had met with agency operatives several times.
The CIA operative claims are also described in a book about Kim Jong Un by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield published on Tuesday. “The Great Successor” details meetings between Kim Jong Nam and his handlers in the two countries. The CIA has declined to comment to CNN. Trump took office just a few weeks before Kim Jong Nam’s death and repeatedly said on Tuesday he didn’t know whether the reports are true.
It comes as negotiations between US and the North Korean governments have stalled after a breakdown in talks at the Hanoi summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
“I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un and I think the relationship is very well, but I appreciated the letter,” Trump said Tuesday.
But just hours earlier, at an event in Washington, national security adviser John Bolton told the Wall Street Journal that Kim wasn’t complying with the terms agreed at the Singapore summit.
“What they’ve said was that they’re not going to test ballistic missiles, intercontinental range ballistic missiles, or have nuclear tests. That’s continued,” Bolton said.
“They’re doing a lot of other things that still indicate that they have not made a strategic decision to give up the pursuit of deliverable weapons, which is why we continue the maximum pressure campaign.”
CNN’s Joshua Berlinger contributed to this article.
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