Trump suggests positive relationship with N. Korea leader

  • Trump suggests positive relationship with N. Korea leader

Trump suggests positive relationship with N. Korea leader

"I have relationships with people", Trump continued.

Trump and Kim have traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults over the previous year, as North Korea has accelerated weapons tests and appears on the cusp of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland. "I think you people are surprised". When asked if he has spoken to the dictator, Trump said "I don't want to comment on it". Kim has dismissed Trump as a "dotard" and "frightened dog" in public statements.

"He is already a shrewd and mature politician", Putin said.

The olive branch led to the first official dialogue between the two Koreas in more than two years, and an agreement for Pyongyang to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

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. "Hopefully, a lot of good things are going to work out".

The North Korean leader "has solved his strategic task - he has a nuclear device, and a global-range missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometers, which can now reach practically any point of the globe, at any rate any point on the territory of a potential enemy", Putin said at a meeting with the leadership of the Russian printed media and news agency.

The president said the USA was open to talks with North Korea under the right circumstances. Technically, South Korea and the USA remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

In another article on 38North, Alexander Vorontsov, the head of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, was quoted as saying that North Korean diplomats were extremely serious about the possibility of war between North Korea and the U.S.