North Korean media credit Kim for thaw with South

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says he would be willing to hold talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un under the right conditions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly called Kim Jong Un "shrewd and mature" on Thursday and claimed the North Korean dictator had "won" his most recent standoff with the West over his nuclear program.

The Kremlin strongman congratulated the North Korean dictator, saying he had won the latest stand-off with the USA and South Korea.

President Trump also confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence will head the us delegation at next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

He welcomed them, but warned that his country would continue to work with the global community to apply pressure on the North to give up nuclear weapons.

North Korean traders operating in China are feeling renewed optimism over potential inter-Korean economic cooperation as high-level talks between North and South Korea kick off this week.

According to the US President, "all these harsh comments were part of a strategy".

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Donald Trump, however, did not exude confidence as to whether or not the talks would be successful. If the attack goes according to plan, the United States could deny North Korea the ability to research and develop its missile or nuclear programs by destroying elements of it with a kinetic strike.

So far, the USA has only demanded that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons and end its ballistic missile launches. If they march separately, the South Korean team would massively outnumber the North Koreans.

Although Trump's tone toward North Korea and its leader mostly ranged from "Little Rocket Man" and threats of "fire and fury" past year, Trump, at times, has also praised its leader and indicated that he would be open to talks with him.

Trump has been of late more open, on more than one occasion, to having a dialogue with North Korea.

"I have relationships with people", Trump continued. "I want to show my gratitude", Moon told reporters at a news conference, Reuters reported.

The news followed a meeting earlier Wednesday between Olympic chief Thomas Bach and North Korea's IOC member Chang Ung on the practicalities of sending athletes to Pyeongchang. North Korea's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri said joint military drills between both countries are a "source of catastrophe" for the Korean Peninsula.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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