"I have relationships with people".
"These officials were truly baffled that a majority of the South Korean population does not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration, despite the risks, is inching ever closer to a preventive strike on North Korea", he said.
Trump, who jokingly calls Kim "Rocket Man", said in May 2017 that he would be honored to meet Kim, who he called a "smart cookie". Ryan reportedly called Trump after the president's first tweet this morning to clarify the White House position.
However, President Trump appears to have won the war of words, after North and South Korea held rare formal talks Wednesday. I think you people are surprised, ' he stated.
Although my North Korean interlocutors acknowledged that the Korean Peninsula was sliding toward war, they reaffirmed the country's commitment to achieving nuclear parity with the United States. In December, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said North Korea wants to engage in a direct dialog with the U.S. to assure its security, adding that Russia could help with these talks. Moreover, according to experts from the DPRK Foreign Ministry's Institute for Disarmament and Peace, the United States is not just expanding the scale of regular and irregular military exercises along North Korea's perimeter, but also introducing fundamentally new elements created to achieve specific operational goals in the event of a large-scale conflict between North Korea and the United States.
Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House paints Trump as a leader who does not understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides. "I'm not saying I have or I haven't". "He is already an absolutely shrewd and mature politician".
In the Journal interview, Trump suggested his combative tweets are part of a broader strategy.
North Korean soldiers are said to be sleeping without removing their boots since they have been told a war with the United States could emerge any moment.
Kim has warned the United States that he intends to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States, prompting threats of military action by Washington. Relations between the two Koreas have warmed ahead of next month's Winter Olympics to be held in the South Korean city of PyeongChang. "He's been advised by a lot of agencies and departments of the damage it would cause and the number of victims", the official said.