However, Harris endorsed Trump's plan to pause major military exercises with South Korea. It is a far cry from the "dotard" label their government slapped on him previous year.
He also said he would eventually like to bring USA troops home from South Korea, adding, "That's not part of the equation".
Harris was speaking at his confirmation hearing Thursday in Washington. Military preparedness and United Nations sanctions came to mind even as an ex-president named Jimmy Carter said he would visit with Kim Il-sung to quiet things down. "There has been no discussions and no change in position on the matter of the issue of US troops in South Korea", said the high-level South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
North Korea's news anchor, Ri Chun Hee, delivers propaganda on behalf of Kim's regime.
"That would be a good work of diplomacy", he added.
"Our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula will be very different to what it has been in the past". Putin reaffirmed his invitation to Kim to visit Russian Federation.
That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.
"Our comrade supreme leader said he is eager to learn the excellent knowledge and experiences in various fields from your country", the state media presenter cited Kim as telling Singapore officials. They may also discuss efforts to recover the remains of soldiers missing and presumed dead from the 1950-53 Korean War. The reporter said North Korea uses the term, too.
During the interview, the subject of Trump's recent Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un arose.More news: Oil edges up, but bulls remain wary ahead of OPEC meeting
The summit is also meaningful in that the US recognized the North as an equal dialogue partner, he said.
Trump obviously didn't get the memo that USA presidents salute US military service members, although they aren't required to, but don't generally salute foreign military members. "Though nothing has been decided yet, we're going to announce a decision soon in the near future through close consultations between the South and the U.S". He says that "only then will there be relief from the sanctions".
"That's a very important thing".
Pompeo is meeting with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers in Seoul.
"We're going to continue to discuss the issue between the South and the USA and between the South and the North if necessary", the official said. They see him shaking hands with Kim Jong Un at their historic summit in Singapore, and even awkwardly saluting a three-star general.
Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation looks "very bad".
After his interview with the friendly Fox host, Trump was pressed by reporters about Kim's record of human rights atrocities and why he had not more forcefully challenged the North Korean dictator. The South and the US have defended that the drills are purely defensive. "This is leaving its mark on the Iranian economy", he continued, referring to Trump's withdrawal from the landmark 2015 pact last month.
The next joint drill was scheduled for this autumn.
Harris's nomination hearing came two days after the first meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader - followed by Trump's pledge to end joint military drills with South Korea, a move that some United States lawmakers found unsettling. Indeed, North Korean state television has already released a 42-minute documentary that includes the salute. South Korea has said it's trying to discern Trump's meaning and intent.
Critics have assailed Trump for talking warmly of Kim after their meeting. It also tells them how to they're expected to think about that news.