Trump suggests positive relationship with N. Korea leader

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump speculated he and Kim Jong Un - the North Korean leader whose regime called Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard" and whose nation the U.S.is attempting to strangle economically - had a "very good relationship".

Trump and Kim have traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults over the a year ago, as North Korea has accelerated weapons tests and appears on the cusp of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland. He has been fond of of mocking Kim as "little Rocket Man" because of North Korean missile tests.

Both North and South Korea agreed to send a delegation to the forthcoming winter Olympics in the city of Pyeongchang after the summit that was held in the peaceful village of Panmunjom which is located along the demilitarized zone. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

China has not done enough on the issue of North Korea for the US, President Donald Trump has said but appreciated the "great chemistry" he shares with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear stand-off with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.

"And you see in North Korea what's happening with North Korea all of a sudden. That campaign is created to bring Kim to the table for meaningful negotiations".

Chinese political experts said China was opposed to even limited strikes.

A White House statement said the two leaders discussed Macron's recent visit to China and committed to continue to apply pressure on North Korea.

A South Korean official said Seoul believed the chance of a USA strike was still low.

In the US, reaction to the breakthrough has been muted.

However, the official said, "there are military options that could achieve benefits we consider in our national interest at a cost we are willing to bear".

A Japanese ruling party lawmaker said he did not believe the Korean talks could narrow the gap between North Korea's demand for recognition as a nuclear-armed state and the USA refusal to accept that.

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