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Relations with North Korean leader 'very good,' Trump says

Relations with North Korean leader 'very good,' Trump says

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un", Trump said in an interview about the first year of his presidency with The Wall Street Journal newspaper.

The two sides also agreed to hold further high-level talks.

The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline.

North Korea and South Korea have engaged in talks aimed at improving relations but In-Bum Chun said Pyongyang is still developing secret weapons.

A South Korean official said Seoul believed the chance of a USA strike was still low.

In recent days, in a series of media leaks, USA officials have spoken of the president's willingness to consider a limited preemptive strike on North Korea to change Kim's mindset, despite the risk of touching off a war. In April 2017, South Korea allowed the North Korean team to travel to the South for the Women's World Championships in ice hockey.

The photo provided by the South Korean presidential office shows President Moon Jae-in holding a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on January 11.

The "bloody nose" strategy calls for the U.S. to carry out a limited strike on North Korea to punish it for its illegal missile program, but it would put millions of South Korean lives at risk.

You've won this round, Mr. Kim.

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President Moon has repeatedly made it clear that his first priority is that war must not break out on the Korean peninsula again. The three countries need to keep up their close coordination as they deal with North Korea so that the North-South dialogue won't be used as a cover for Pyongyang to fend off tightening pressure for its denuclearization or to buy time while it upgrades its nuclear arms and missile capabilities.

In November 1987, almost a year before the Summer Games in Seoul, a South Korean airliner exploded, killing more than 100 people. "So it is a significant year both for the North and the South", Kim Hyung Jun pointed out.

He also commented on his good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, although he admitted that China could do more to stop North Korea. As the then Chief of Staff of President Roh, President Moon had fully participated in the implementation of the "Sunshine" policy towards the North.

China's exports to North Korea in December declined 23.4 percent from a year earlier to $260 million, Huang told reporters.

North Korea failed to qualify any athletes four years ago. The president warned North Korea in August he would unleash "fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before" if Kim continued developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the continental U.S.

According to the report, the current South Korean administration has not ruled out the use of Air Koryo to carry the delegation, because the sanctions target the financial activities of the airline and not air routes.

South Korean polity is divided on accepting a nuclear North. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.

"The president's campaign has always been ... a pressure campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure". "I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised". Would the extended nuclear deterrence provided at present by the U.S. still be dependable when North acquires a credible deterrence against the US?

The meeting's venue, Panmunjom, is the only place on the border where North and South Korean soldiers are just meters (feet) away from each other.


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