Trump has said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the USA, and has threatened war if economic sanctions and negotiations can't avert Kim's ambitions for such a weapon.
The White House said Wednesday that Trump was open to the USA holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", after South Korean President Moon Jae-In signalled a willingness to sit down with Kim.
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In follow-up questions Trump pushed back against the notion that his relationship with Pyongyang has soured, saying, "you'll see that a lot with me". When asked if he has spoken to the dictator, Trump said "I don't want to comment on it. I think you people are surprised". Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard". North Korea's aggressive pursuit of a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US with a nuclear warhead has emerged as the president's most fraught foreign crisis. While the two Koreas noted the need for peace on the peninsula, the North expressed frustration when the South tried to address its illegal nuclear program.
Trump recently told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he's willing to speak with Noth Korea "under the right circumstances", while Moon said Trump deserves "big credit" for helping spark the first talks between North and South Korea in more than two years.
Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France.