"These officials were truly baffled that a majority of the South Korean population does not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration, despite the risks, is inching ever closer to a preventive strike on North Korea", he said.
Since Kim inherited power in 2011, North Korea has made rapid progress towards its goal of developing a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, which significantly strengthens its negotiating position. "I just don't want to comment". "I think you people are surprised".
Talks with the South Koreans would constrain the US's ability to respond to any new North Korean nuclear and missile tests, because the U.S. will need South Korea's full support if the crisis continues on its current trajectory.
"I have relationships with people", Trump continued.
When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment. The president later added that any discussions with North Korea would be accompanied by unspecified conditions. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.
The talks resulted in the decision that North Korea would participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. The games would also promote the players of North Korea and help to improve the country's sagging image.
These expert observers note that while the North Portal, where North Korea tested a suspected staged thermonuclear weapon - a hydrogen bomb - in early September a year ago, remains dormant, there is plenty of activity at the West Portal.
"You'll see that a lot with me", Trump said about his fiery tweets. Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse worldwide tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme. You give me 30. 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".
A report issued Thursday by 38 North says the activity - spotted in satellite images taken last month - underscores Pyongyang's efforts to maintain the site despite news that tunnel collapses killed several hundred people there after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.
A White House statement said the two leaders discussed Macron's recent visit to China and committed to continue to apply pressure on North Korea.