President’s comment was the latest occasion in which he appeared to side with an adversary over US intelligence

Donald Trump has said he would not have allowed the CIA to have recruited Kim Jong-un’s relatives as informants to gather information on the North Korean dictatorship.

Trump told journalists on Tuesday he had received a new “beautiful” letter on Monday from Kim, who he insisted had “kept his word” on suspending nuclear and missile tests. He dismissed recent North Korean missile tests as short-range and therefore not relevant.

Related: Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader, ‘was a CIA informant’

(May 10, 1971)  Kim Jong-nam born

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