Putin declares North Korea victor in standoff with South Korea, US

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In December, Tillerson offered to open up a dialogue without preconditions, saying "let's just meet, and we can talk about the weather if you want".

"Even if Trump is not really serious about a military strike, there is always the risk of miscalculation or an over-reaction from North Korea", Zhao said.

During his first year in the White House, Trump issued a series of bombastic statements about Kim and North Korea as the reclusive nation carried out a number of nuclear and ballistic missiles tests. The joint statement issued after the talks states: "South and North Korea have decided to make joint efforts for the unity of the people and reconciliation by establishing an environment for peace and easing military tensions on the Korean peninsula". A lot of good energy... "And then all of the sudden somebody's my best friend". Mentioning the goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, he said: "I think that this is possible in the long run no matter how hard it may seem". "I could give you 20 examples", Trump told the Journal. "I'm a very flexible person". While he referred to Jong-un as "rocket man", his rival had previously called him a "mentally deranged dotard".

"I believe Mr. Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round", Putin said during a meeting with Russian journalists broadcast on state TV.

Roh was a member of the South Korean delegation at the meeting, after which North Korea agreed to send a delegation to PyeongChang 2018, the first Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. Trump also again indicated he's open to direct United States talks with North Korea under the right circumstances. "The difference is I'm president, other people aren't".

Beyond Ryom and Kim, the prospective crop of athletes are mostly unknown on the worldwide scene.

Scott Snyder: I don't think that it is going to have an effect on the current easing of tensions in any potential way because that is very much focused on setting the stage for the Olympic Games.

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Tensions between the hermit nation and the rest of the world has been ratcheted up by Donald Trump's rhetoric, mainly on his Twitter account, and Moscow's stance will not have done anything to alleviate the ill-feeling, reports Daily Mail.

Trump later walked those comments back.

However, Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, said China's attitude might change if North Korea launched a nuclear-tipped ICBM into the Pacific Ocean or fired missiles toward Guam. No conversation has been publicly reported between any sitting USA president and a North Korean leader in decades, if ever. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken worldwide pressure and sanctions on the North.

Without directly referencing the United States or Trump, Putin said he felt Kim had outsmarted his political adversaries.

"Now he's of course interested to de-escalate and cool the situation around it".

"He is already a shrewd and mature politician", Putin said.

"We can not say talks are the sole answer", Moon added.

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