China's trade with North Korea tumbles over United Nations sanctions

Donald Trump claims good relationship with Kim Jong-un

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, adding, "I have relationships with people".

Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea's Kim Jong Un has shown himself to be a mature leader who is interested in calming down the tensions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs, reports news agency AP.

"Trump is convinced the only thing Kim understands and respects is a punch in the face, which he thinks no previous administration has had the guts to do", one US official said.

One U.S. official said one option would be to bomb a North Korean missile or nuclear facility based on a "high confidence" intelligence assessment that North Korea planned another test.

"I have relationships with people".

Trump has in the past called Kim "short and fat" and "a bad dude".

China has steadily increased economic pressure on Pyongyang while calling for dialogue to defuse the increasingly acrimonious dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump's government.

Trump has derided the North Korean leader as a "maniac" and referred to him as "little rocket man".


Russian Federation has voted at the United Nations in favor of global sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program, while urging the West to show restraint and calling for talks over the issue. "But I just don't-", Trump responded.

The pope addressed diplomats a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Asked if he had spoken with Kim, Trump was evasive: "I'm not saying I have or haven't".

"And you see in North Korea what's happening with North Korea all of a sudden".

Seoul responded with an nearly instantaneous offer of dialogue, culminating in the first meeting of the two sides in two years on January 9 at the border village of Panmunjom.

A White House statement said the two leaders discussed Macron's recent visit to China and committed to continue to apply pressure on North Korea.

"Even if Trump is not really serious about a military strike, there is always the risk of miscalculation or an over-reaction from North Korea", Zhao said.

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