The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month have always been overshadowed by geopolitical tensions, with the North repeatedly test-firing missiles it says are capable of reaching the USA mainland, and detonating its most powerful nuclear device to date. "I'm not saying I have or haven't", he said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Thursday.
Putin added that the ultimate goal of denuclearlization could to be reached "if all the participants of the talks, including North Koreans, will be assured that their safety is possible without nuclear weapons".
Trump spoke Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the Blue House readout of the call said the U.S. president promised he wouldn't attack North Korea while the two Asian nations hold talks.
Invading North Korea to try to overthrow Kim Jong-un would be "like trying to get rid of Allah" in Iraq rather than Saddam Hussein, such is the religious fervour with which his people would defend him, a retired South Korean general warned yesterday.
Tensions have receded dramatically on the peninsula since North and South have held high-level talks at Panmunjom, and North Korea agreed to send its athletes to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. "I could give you 20 examples".
"When Trump was asked if he has spoken with Kim, Trump said he didn't want to comment". The games would also promote the players of North Korea and help to improve the country's sagging image. Kim has responded by calling the USA president a "mentally deranged United States dotard".
Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France.
"You'll see that a lot with me", he said. You give me 30.
The underground base, which is carved into a mountain in the north-east of the hermit kingdom, has been the site of North Korea's last five nuclear tests. On December of 2016, he called Putin "very smart" and a few months later in an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump said "I do respect [Putin]". It may be that North Korea is trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States, and exploit South Korean president Moon Jae-in's desire for diplomacy.