President Trump Says He Has a 'Very Good Relationship' With Kim Jong

Kim Jong-un

When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment. "The difference is I'm president, other people aren't".

But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to US demands and negotiate away a weapons program he sees as vital to his survival, so any reduction in tensions could prove shortlived.

Washington seems to have turned to a more open stance with Pyongyang according to the most recent comment from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Direct talks between the United States president and Kim would be unprecedented. "I'm not saying I have or haven't".

Trump's relationship with Kim has been primarily distinguished by escalating barbs and insults. 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. He said the North Korean ruler had succeeded in developing a nuclear warhead capable of hitting any target. While he has expressed an openness to negotiating with North Korea, he has also promised "fire and fury" for North Korea if their nuclear program and missile tests continued and recently said his nuclear button is "bigger and more powerful" than Kim's, who he has taken to calling "Little Rocket Man". 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.

But officials say this discussion has been postponed until after the Paralympic Games, which follow the Olympics and end in March, given the intra-Korean talks and a planned 20-country meeting on North Korea hosted by Canada next week.

In the Journal interview, Trump suggested his combative tweets are part of a broader strategy. North Korea continues to challenge the USA on the world stage.

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