Trump won't say whether he has talked to Kim Jong Un

Trump won't say whether he has talked to Kim Jong Un

Earlier this month, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asserted that he had a nuclear button at the ready, Trump tweeted that the US button at his disposal was bigger and more powerful. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday.

The comments to The Journal echoed remarks Trump made to reporters over the weekend at Camp David, in which the president said that dialogue with Pyongyang was not impossible.

"President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

"The North Koreans see growing signs, reflecting President Donald Trump's "America First" principle, that the United States is prepared to accept the awful loss of lives that would result from a large-scale military conflict with North Korea".

The images were taken in December, shortly before North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un gave a New Year speech warning US President Donald Trump of a "nuclear button" on his desk, while also offering to hold talks with Seoul.

Tensions have receded dramatically on the peninsula since North and South have held high-level talks at Panmunjom, and North Korea agreed to send its athletes to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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

He said North Korea was not bluffing and actively preparing for war. Kim has responded by calling the USA president a "mentally deranged United States dotard". "I think you people are surprised".

Multiple outlets have also reported that the Trump administration is debating the possibility of pursuing a "bloody nose" strategy - a first, targeted strike to deter North Korea from proceeding with its weapons testing.

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said about his combative tweets on North Korea, "and then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend". You give me 30.

Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world. "I'm a very flexible person".

North Korean diplomats are extremely serious about the possibility of war between North Korea and the United States, noting that the US has already prepared for it for months, a Russian expert said Wednesday.

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