"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump told The Wall Street Journal from the Oval Office. It could also be that he wants to buy time to ideal and give finishing touches to his ICBMs for nuking the United States.
Talks with the South Koreans would constrain the US's ability to respond to any new North Korean nuclear and missile tests, because the USA will need South Korea's full support if the crisis continues on its current trajectory. They noted that the geographical features of the Korean Peninsula provide no opportunity for the gradual, methodical buildup of troops to create a superior strike force-as was the case before the United States attacked Iraq-and that North Korea would immediately notice such actions and naturally regard them as a casus belli.
Putin said Kim is ready for such talks.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and his men review plans for a missile launch.
Trump has expressed cautious optimism about the talks, and the US and South Korea have agreed to halt annual military exercises, a major irritant to North Korea, until the end of the Paralympics in mid-March. "I'm a very flexible person", Trump added.
"Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button", Trump answered, "but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
Asked if he had spoken with Mr Kim, the President said cryptically: "I don't want to comment on it". That could be achieved by strengthening the credibility of United States extended nuclear deterrence security guarantees to South Korea and Japan, as well as other allies, including Australia, and making that step explicit in the soon-to-be-released Nuclear Posture Review.
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On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp, bitcoin lost over 10 percent at $13,199, after falling as low as $13,120 earlier. He said that no other large exchanges were under police investigation .
"I understand that a lot of things are hard to negotiate prior to an election", Trump said.
Earlier this week, it was reported the U.S.is considering a "bloody nose" strategy with North Korea that would involve "targeted strikes", as Independent Journal Review reportedly previously. 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.
Putin's unusually warm words for the secretive leader came after North and South Korean officials held their first direct talks in more than two years on Tuesday, as diplomatic efforts continue to try to defuse tensions over Kim's nuclear program. Pyongyang recently conducted a series of missile tests and threatened South Korea, Japan, and the United States.
"We understand that it would be the last day of our country'".
It would be a major departure from the Trump administration's past policy to engage in direct talks with North Korea's leader.