Trump under impression he and Kim 'probably' on good terms

Trump under impression he and Kim 'probably' on good terms

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. He clarified he was not saying he has spoken to him or not, but just simply did not want to comment on it. "I think you people are surprised".

Kim may not feel as friendly toward Trump, based on what he's said about the president.

Trump has since warmed to the idea after telling Secretary of State Tillerson he was "wasting his time trying to negotiate" with Kim. This raises questions about whether a shift is underway in America's North Korea policy, since the comments are in stark contrast to his more provocative choice phrases like "fire and fury", or calling its leader, "little rocket man".

North Korea monitoring project 38 North co-founder Joel Wit said verbal assaults would have to come to an end if the two countries are to engage directly and effectively.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump said in an interview in the Oval Office with The Wall Street Journal. On Wednesday, Trump said he didn't expect a war in a White House news conference, and indicated he was pleased by direct talks between Pyongyang and Seoul.

The offer is in stark contrast to the heated rift between the USA and North Korean leaders over the past year. "Hopefully, a lot of good things are going to work out". The two nations made a bilateral agreement to hold talks that would ease the military tension that has rocked since the Korean War which ended by an armistice in 1953.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Kim Jong Un "shrewd and mature" on Thursday and claimed the North Korean dictator had "won" his most recent standoff with the West over his nuclear program, Reuters reported.

Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the United States, and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon.

In its statement of attendance at the Winter Olympics, North Korea said it would dispatch a "high-level delegation".

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