He said the United States has "some problems" with North Korea, but commended recent talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime and the South Korean government. I'm not saying I have or haven't. "I want to show my gratitude", he said. "I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised", Trump said.
North Korean ballistic missile launches and nuclear weapons testing unnerve the region and the world (particularly the U.S.).
Trump appeared to tell the Journal that his tweeted insults and the cryptic comment about good relations with Kim were part of his strategy.
Trump has called on China to do more to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. Only recently, there was a war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump about the size of the nuclear button on their desks.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably" return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.
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The two Koreas released a joint statement saying, "South and North Korea have chose to make joint efforts for the unity of the people and reconciliation by establishing an environment for peace and easing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula".
"A lot of good talks are going on now".
"We have been much tougher on China, but not almost as tough as I would be, but they are helping us a lot with North Korea, he said in response to a question".
Trump expressed interest in holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", according to the White House's account of the call, and said that Vice President Mike Pence will head to South Korea's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S., and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon.
South Korea had been campaigning for its infamous peninsula partner to attend the Winter Olympics in an apparent effort to reconcile differences, or at least calm concerns regarding the North's global disputes over missile launches and nuclear weapons.
Kim warned he had a nuclear button on his desk and the "entire mainland of the United States is withing the range of our nuclear weapons".