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Putin Says North Korea's Kim 'Won This Match' on Nuclear Weapons

Putin Says North Korea's Kim 'Won This Match' on Nuclear Weapons

He said: "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un".

The US and North Korea have been estranged diplomatically for nearly a decade, and in November Mr Trump's administration categorised the country as a state sponsor of terror.

The prospects of resolving decades-old tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula remain deeply uncertain. According to British UN Ambassador, Matthew Rycroft North Korea should stop developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for that.

However, he urged the supreme leader to defuse global tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear programme.

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

Pence will hold meetings with leaders in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan, where he will stress the USA commitment to stability in the region. "I just don't want to comment", he replied, when asked by WSJ if he had contacts with the North Korean leader. It is highly unlikely any country in the world, especially North Korea, would be willing to give up such programs under duress. He played down fears of war. "Our task going forward is to draw North Korea to talks aimed at the denuclearisation of the North". A lot of good energy.

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said about his tweets.

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"I warmly welcome the joint proposals by the governments of [South Korea and North Korea], which have been applauded by so many other governments worldwide", International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who will chair the meeting, said in a release.

But Mr Moon said a two-track approach of engagement with pressure would bring about a virtuous circle.

As part of the deal Kim said he was keen to open up a dialogue with Seoul.

Putin's praise follows President Trump boasting that he was responsible for the diplomatic developments.

The White House said Moon had briefed Trump on the outcomes of the North-South talks on Tuesday, and "thanked President Trump for his influential leadership in making the talks possible". "I want to show my gratitude", Moon told reporters at a news conference, Reuters reported.

A peace treaty could mean an end to the annual war games by the United States and South Korea, satisfying one of the major issues Pyongyang has had with Seoul and Washington.


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