Putin says Kim Jong Un 'certainly won' latest standoff on nuclear weapons

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President Donald Trump, who has called North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man", "short and fat" and a "madman" on Thursday claimed he probably has a positive relationship with the dictator-but refused to disclose if he's even spoken to Kim.

Trump said Moon told him the initial South Korean talks with North Korea went well.

North Korea and South Korea talks happened on Tuesday, in which Pyongyang said that North Korea will attend the winter Olympics to be hosted by South Korea.

A second statement from the White House added that Vice President Mike Pence will lead a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea to send a message to a Pyongyang.

The US leader also denied American media reports he was considering launching a strike against North Korea, stressing "there will be no military action during the inter-Korean dialogue". No conversation has been publicly reported between any sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader in decades, if ever.

North Korean officials have confirmed that the offer was made, per The Independent, but a resolution has not yet been reached.

North Korean traders operating in China are feeling renewed optimism over potential inter-Korean economic cooperation as high-level talks between North and South Korea kick off this week. The two Koreas are likely to hold working-level talks next week to further discuss the issue before a January 20 meeting to be chaired by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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"President Trump expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time", the White House statement reads.

Koh Yu-hwan is a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul.

In comments seemingly to heap praise on the rogue leader, who inherited the hermit kingdom from his father and grandfather, Putin added that he believes Kim has "won this round" with the US President Donald Trump referring to the ongoing tensions. North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that demonstrated the theoretical range of hitting anywhere in the U.S. In September, North Korea tested its sixth and largest nuclear weapon.

Among the issues to be sorted out is the number of athletes and officials from North Korea who will attend the Olympics from February 9-25, which is complicated by the fact that the deadlines for registration have already passed.

The Canadian-sponsored meeting that is supposed to come up with new ways to bring peace to the Korean peninsula is emerging as a conference that could develop military options to deal with North Korea.

"I have relationships with people", Trump continued. The games would also promote the players of North Korea and help to improve the country's sagging image.

The talks were held for the first time since 2015 and Moon credited Trump for sparking them, according to Reuters.

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