The White House said Wednesday that Trump was open to the United States holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", after South Korean President Moon Jae-In signalled a willingness to sit down with Kim.
Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the US, and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon. 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". "I have relationships with people". When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment.
"You'll see that a lot with me", he said. He claimed that he often has uneasy exchanges with people but added "and then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend". I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse global tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program.
The two Koreas said they agreed that Pyongyang will send a "high-level delegation, representatives of National Olympic Committee, athletes, cheering and performing art squads, a taekwondo demonstration team, and reporters" to the upcoming games - which take place in February and early March. "And I know more about wedges than any human being that's lived".