President Donald Trump refused to say whether he has spoken directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an interview on Thursday, but said he "probably" has "a very good relationship" with the dictator.
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. "I'm a very flexible person". "I think you people are surprised".
"Y$3 ou see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody's my best friend", Trump said. Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard".
The report concluded that these activities underscore North Korea's continued efforts to maintain the Punggye-ri site's potential for future nuclear testing. North Korea continues to challenge the USA on the world stage.
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. Just last summer, he threatened "fire and fury" if Pyongyang were to pose any sort of threat to the U.S. He's also called Kim by several names, such as "little rocket man", and "maniac". It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.