President Trump Says He Has a 'Very Good Relationship' With Kim Jong

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea, as the victor in the latest standoff with South Korea and the United States over the north's nuclear and long-range missile development program.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump told The Wall Street Journal from the Oval Office. "I have relationships with people".

"You'll see that a lot with me", Trump said about his fiery tweets and nuclear missile threats.

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

Kim, on the other hand, has charged that he would "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire", referring to Trump.

Trump's statement came after both the leaders were recently been engaged in a war of words on Twitter.

During my visit, I heard nothing to suggest that North Korea is prepared, at this time, to be the first to accept the Russian and Chinese proposal for a freeze on its missile and nuclear tests in return for American agreement to freeze its joint military exercises with South Korea.

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No sitting US president is known to have spoken with a North Korean leader. "I just don't want to comment", adding that his attitude towards North Korea is intentional and part of a broader goal. 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.

The unexpected thaw between North and South Korea has subtly changed the dynamics of the nuclear crisis there. -South Korean military exercises, with pleas for more and bigger war games to show Kim Jong-Un he can never "drive a wedge" between those "ironclad" allies, the USA and South Korea.

North Korea conducted its sixth and latest nuclear test in September, claiming it detonated a hydrogen bomb.

On Tuesday, North Korea and South Korea are expected to hold their first official talks in two years, ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

Russian Federation and China both advocate for a freeze-for-freeze plan that would see North Korea halt its testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear devices in return for The U.S.' freezing of joint military exercises. The US has not officially engaged in direct talks with North Korea since the Six-Party Talks of the Bush administration.

In her new book, North Korea: The Country We Love to Hate, political analyst Loretta Napoleoni described the isolated nation's ruling "juche" philosophy that values self-reliance and extreme nationalism "as a modern religion, similar to Scientology, a non-transcendental doctrine with a twist of absurdity and plenty of dogmas".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's has hailed the tell-all book which has rocked Donald Trump's presidency.

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