Trump cryptic about contacts with Kim
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 : US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested he could have a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if the two had spoken.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un," Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. "I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised."
The paper reported that Trump would not say whether contacts had already been initiated between the two foes. Asked if he had spoken to Kim, Trump said "I don't want to comment on it. I'm not saying I have or haven't. I just don't want to comment."
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse international tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme.
"I believe Mr Kim Jong-Un has won this round," Putin told Russian journalists on Thursday. "He is an absolutely competent and already mature politician," the Russian president said.
Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.
Washington plans to use Tuesday's meeting to discuss the idea of stopping and inspecting suspect ships bound for North Korea, a senior official said. —AFP