Russian President Vladimir Putin calls Kim Jong Un 'competent and mature' leader

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2018

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month have always been overshadowed by geopolitical tensions, with the North repeatedly test-firing missiles it says are capable of reaching the United States mainland, and detonating its most powerful nuclear device to date.

"I'm not saying I have or haven't", Trump said.

The comments to The Journal echoed remarks Trump made to reporters over the weekend at Camp David, in which the president said that dialogue with Pyongyang was not impossible.

Trump also again indicated he's open to direct U.S. talks with North Korea under the right circumstances.

President Donald Trump suggested in an interview Thursday that he has developed a positive relationship with the North Korean leader, but declined to say whether they have spoken.

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Although Trump's tone toward North Korea and its leader mostly ranged from "Little Rocket Man" and threats of "fire and fury" a year ago, Trump, at times, has also praised its leader and indicated that he would be open to talks with him. "I think you people are surprised". "I just don't want to comment". Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard".

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said about his combative tweets on North Korea, "and then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend".

The expert said the diplomats noted that new elements appearing in South Korea-U.S. joint drills over the past few months have elicited growing concern that "zero hour" is not too far away, referring particularly to the air exercise Vigilant Ace, which involved 230 aircraft, including a large number of varied types of stealth aircraft. You could give me 30.

Multiple outlets have also reported that the Trump administration is debating the possibility of pursuing a "bloody nose" strategy - a first, targeted strike to deter North Korea from proceeding with its weapons testing. On December of 2016, he called Putin "very smart" and a few months later in an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump said "I do respect [Putin]".

While they reached no consensus on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, the two countries did agree to have North Korea participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. North Korea's aggressive pursuit of a ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States with a nuclear warhead has emerged as the president's most fraught foreign crisis. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

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