During his first year in the White House, Trump issued a series of bombastic statements about Kim and North Korea as the reclusive nation carried out a number of nuclear and ballistic missiles tests.
SATELLITE images show increased tunnelling at North Korea's secret nuclear site- indicating that the crackpot country could be preparing another nuke test.
"I believe Mr. Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round", Putin said during a meeting with Russian journalists broadcast on state TV. 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, whom he has taken to calling "Little Rocket Man".
He also welcomed North Korea participating in the Winter Olympics next month in the South, though he acknowledged that Pyongyang might be using the event - as well as recent talks with the country after more than two years - to try to separate Washington and Seoul.
"I don't want to comment on it", Trump told The Wall Street Journal after he was asked directly if he had spoken with Kim.More news: Why Tesco is being punished despite posting growth
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As such, North Korea's neighbors China and Russian Federation are not invited, and many have questioned the utility of a conference where such influential regional players are absent. Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged US dotard". "I think you people are surprised".
A B-1B Lancer strategic bomber, two F-35A and two F-35B stealth jets of the U.S. and two F-16K and two F-15K fighters of South Korea fly in formation over the Korean Peninsula in this year's annual joint South Korea-U.S. air force drill, Vigilant Ace, on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by the air force.
"You'll see that a lot with me and then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend", the president said. You give me 30.
Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France. In the interview with the Journal, he said the combative tweets are part of a broader strategy, and that he is a "very flexible person".
North Korean diplomats are extremely serious about the possibility of war between North Korea and the United States, noting that the USA has already prepared for it for months, a Russian expert said Wednesday.