'I have confidence in him. When a journalist put it to him that Kim continued to developed both programmes, the president replied "You don't know that", even though it reflects the USA intelligence consensus. We'll see what happens. Kim "likes sending rockets up, doesn't he?".
When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described last week's launch as a threat to the region and the world, but described the projectiles as ballistic missiles, North Korea responded by calling him the worst idiot in the world and the most stupid man in history.
"Well, we'll see", he said. It may work out, it may not, but in the meantime it's been a long time.
"President Obama said it's the No. 1 problem and it would've been war".
"I can go either way", he said.
Ri reiterated earlier North Korean statements that the country has no intentions to continue the nuclear diplomacy unless it gets something substantial in return. But in recent months, he has warned that he would find a "new path" if the US doesn't ease up on sanctions and other policies that Pyongyang views as hostile. "That's why I call him Rocket Man", the president said at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in London, reprising a pejorative he first used for Kim during a period of especially tense relations that began in 2017. They call it the Hermit Kingdom.
Mr Trump arrived in London for today's opening of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' summit, where division is already apparent before talks have even commenced. We have a good relationship. You have to go and look at the first agreement that we signed. The North has tested a series of new solid-fuel missile systems in recent months, which experts say potentially expands its ability to strike targets in South Korea and Japan.
In this regard, the president has managed to make significant progress with the isolated nation where former presidents have failed to achieve their aims.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has refrained from tests of nuclear bombs and missiles capable of carrying them to the USA for more than two years as he pursued unprecedented talks with Trump.
The leaders have since met on three occasions but tensions are once again rising as the slated deadline is looming-with North Korea commenting today that the ball is in the American's court.
North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it's entirely up to the United States to choose what "Christmas gift" it gets from the North.
"What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the USA what Christmas gift it will select to get", Ri continued, in an apparent warning that unless the USA comes up with a new offer this month, Pyongyang could restart its nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests.