Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump expresses openness to talk to North Korea

Trump expresses openness to talk to North Korea

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said he may be open to diplomatic meetings with North Korea after months of trading insults and threats over its nuclear weapons program.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un of North Korea", Trump said.

The North Korean leader claimed that he has a button on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the US, but for Kim to field a reliable nuclear deterrent against the USA and its allies, additional weapons testing will be undoubtedly be required.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "shrewd and mature" and had won the latest standoff with the West over his nuclear and missile programmes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse global tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program. "I think you people are surprised". When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment. North Korea continues to challenge the USA on the world stage. If the report from 38 North proves to be correct, we may see the conflict between North Korea and the USA reach a whole new level. In his New Year's address last week, Kim said he has a "nuclear button" that could fire weapons anywhere in the United States, and Trump responded that he has a much bigger and more powerful "nuclear button".

Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France.

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