Trump says 'probably' has a good relationship with North Korea's Kim

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Putin calls Kim Jong Un 'competent and mature' leader

On Thursday, President Trump sat down for a rare Oval Office interview with reporters and offered an insight into his thinking on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, telling journalists that he has a "very good relationship" with the leader whom he often refers to as "Little Rocket Man".

The Kremlin strongman congratulated the North Korean dictator, saying he had won the latest stand-off with the United States and South Korea. Technically, South Korea and the United States remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

"President Trump, aside from expressing a willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un, should stop his personal insults of Kim Jong Un, and we should demand the same of the North Koreans", Newsweek quoted him as saying during a conference call hosted by 38 North.

The POTUS said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he has relationships with people.

"I think that we will have peace through strength".

Asked whether he has spoken with the North Korean leader, Trump told the newspaper: "I don't want to comment on it. I just don't want to comment".

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The Kremlin strongman said Thursday that Kim Jong Un was "shrewd and mature" and had won the latest standoff with the West over his nuclear and missile program.

Putin said Kim is ready for such talks.

Mr Putin's remarks came after US President Donald Trump said the US was willing to speak to North Korea "under the right circumstances". Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged US dotard".

North Korea could be considering sending the all-women Moranbong Band as part of the delegation, South Korean television network MBC reported Wednesday. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.

The U.S. and South Korea recently postponed military exercises around the Korean Peninsula until after the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South. Trump, who acknowledged that Pyongyang may be attempting to separate Seoul and Washington, encouraged North Korea to join the games.

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