President Trump, who has repeatedly called Kim Jong-Un "Rocket Man" and his government a "band of criminals" while threatening to destroy the country with "fire and fury", said Thursday that he has a "very good relationship" with the Korean dictator.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Mr. Trump said in the Thursday interview. "I'm a very flexible person". "I said to my team: Can you imagine what that would look like?" Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard".
Pyongyang's chief negotiator, however said there was no need to discuss the North Korean nuclear program because all its weapons "are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russian Federation". Direct talks between a U.S. president and a North Korean supreme leader would be unprecedented. Even during past diplomatic endeavors, like the 1993-'94 nuclear talks that produced the now-defunct Agreed Framework deal under which North Korea pledged not to pursue weapons, negotiations were primarily handled by diplomatic staff.
It also threatens to side-swipe next week's Vancouver summit on North Korea, a summit jointly hosted by the US and Canada. In December, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said North Korea wants to engage in a direct dialog with the USA to assure its security, adding that Russia could help with these talks.
His Twitter attacks on Kim, whom he has called "short and fat" and a maniac, are standard operating procedure on his part, he said.
In mid-November 2017, I spent several days in Pyongyang talking to DPRK foreign ministry officials about the prospects of war between North Korea and the United States.
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38 North, which monitors the reclusive state, said recent satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site shows increased activity around the West Portal through December previous year.
Washington has made it clear that its most important goal is to stop North Korea being able to strike the U.S. mainland. North Korea routinely characterizes such drills as rehearsals for an invasion to overthrow the ruling regime, thus avoiding any military activities during the Winter Olympics is seen as a way to keep all parties happy--at least for a time being.
Trump has always been trading insults with Jong-un over this issue.
The Trump nuclear-button tweet coincided with a surprise North Korean diplomatic approach to South Korea, for talks about a possible dispatch of a delegation to the winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
On a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in after the talks, Mr Trump suggested he was open to discussion between the USA and North Korea as well.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's has hailed the tell-all book which has rocked Donald Trump's presidency.
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