Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Putin calls Kim Jong Un competent and mature politician

Putin calls Kim Jong Un competent and mature politician

"These [North Korea] officials feared that the US was already trying to shape the battlefield for a military operation against the North, and that South Koreans do not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration is set on a course for preventive war".

President Donald Trump would not say whether he has talked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, claiming that he "probably" has a good relationship with the rogue leader. "I'm a very flexible person".

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said, referring to his tweets attacking Kim. I'm not saying I have or haven't.

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

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Satellite images show that North Korea has bored new tunnels near its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, indicating Pyongyang's intention to maintain its potential for future nuclear testing, a United States website specialised in North Korean affairs has said. "I just don't want to comment".

Earlier this week, it was reported the considering a "bloody nose" strategy with North Korea that would involve "targeted strikes", as Independent Journal Review reportedly previously. I could give you 20 examples. He quipped on social media last week that the "nuclear button" on his desk was larger than that of the North Korean leader.

But North Korea made no promises on its weapons programme at the talks, and lashed out when asked about denuclearisation by South Korean journalists, saying it was not up for discussion. You give me 30. "The difference is I'm president, other people aren't".

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