Donald Trump says ‘probably’ has a good relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un," Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

By: Reuters | Washington | Updated: January 12, 2018 7:34 am
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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he “probably” has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a change in tone for Trump after exchanging insults with Kim over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

Trump has derided the North Korean leader as a “maniac” and referred to him as “little rocket man.” Kim has responded by calling the US president a “mentally deranged US dotard.”

“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”

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.

Asked whether he has spoken with the North Korean leader, Trump told the newspaper: “I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.”

In November, Trump said while on a trip to Vietnam that becoming friends with Kim “might be a strange thing to happen but it’s a possibility.”

Kim, in a speech last week, said the “nuclear button is always on my desk,” prompting Trump to respond in a tweet that his nuclear button is “a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

In the Journal interview, Trump suggested his combative tweets are part of a broader strategy.

“You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said, “and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”

Trump told the newspaper a decision by the United States and South Korea to postpone military exercises until after next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea “sends a good message to North Korea.”

North and South Korea held their first talks in two years on Tuesday. Trump told a news conference in Washington on Wednesday the United States would be willing to speak to Pyongyang “under the right circumstances.”

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  1. Shrikant Sharma
    Jan 12, 2018 at 7:04 am
    trump is playing the best diplomacy of buying time and building world opinion against north korea one fine morning we will wake up with a news that like Laden - saddam hussein Kim was killed in his barracks with his nuclear butten intact.the dictators have their death wish waiting for them -it is granted the fuel supply to missiles are under threat courtsey china.
    1. gomathi raghavan
      Jan 12, 2018 at 5:15 am
      Obama administration interfered with internal affairs of select nations and even targeted unarmed individuals in those nations. obama policy was devoid of logic reason. there is new government in US there is similar policy. there is hardly any respite for the targeted individuals in select nations of course I mean India we continue to suffer. why should I suffer I'm a law abiding citizen and as per Supreme Court of India en led for protection. Supreme Court of India had upheld Human Rights women dignity and Right to Privacy. I'm en led for all this. but there is gross violation. there is physical torture bioterrorism iden y theft and interference in privacy. it is done by Indian establishment cutting across party lines. US policies are far from satisfactory
      1. Shrikant Sharma
        Jan 12, 2018 at 7:09 am
        south indians are the sulking lot every where because of their not only ugly face-language-color or narrow minded thoughts but their hearts too.