Trump suggests he's developed a positive relationship with Kim Jong

Kim Jong-un

When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment. "I have relationships with people".

President Donald Trump claims he probably has a "good relationship" with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, although the only apparent interaction the two have ever had is an exchange of taunts and insults. Trump also again indicated he's open to direct U.S. talks with North Korea under the right circumstances.

Kim has, in response, aggressively threatened to tame Trump with fire, calling Trump a "dotard" and "old lunatic". I could give you 20 examples.

According to the narrative put forth by those advocating a tougher response, a strike could be limited to a single target with the aim of making Kim see reason, not to topple his government, something North Korea's neighbor and only major ally, China, would not countenance, the officials said. If the report from 38 North proves to be correct, we may see the conflict between North Korea and the USA reach a whole new level.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France.

However, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un already said in his New Year message that, despite his desire to improve ties with South Korea, Pyongyang has no intention of suspending its nuclear programme and will continue to develop its weapons to prevent Washington from attacking its territory.

However, Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, said China's attitude might change if North Korea launched a nuclear-tipped ICBM into the Pacific Ocean or fired missiles toward Guam.

Kim has warned the United States that he intends to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States, prompting threats of military action by Washington.

Trump said the stop-and-go nature to his strategy with North Korea is intentional and part of a broader goal. Later, he said that attempts to talk to Kim is a waste of time, but now he is saying that he would be willing to chat with the North Korean leader on the phone.

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