White House pushes back over Trump North Korea quote

US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington DC

US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington DC

She contends that Trump said, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea".

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un", Mr Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday.

Despite his previous, inflammatory rhetoric, Mr Trump's comments seem to suggest a newfound willingness to engage with the North Korean leader - something he has previously chided Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for suggesting.

"I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised".

North Korea has repeatedly threatened to turn the U.S. into "darkness and ashes" using the nuclear weapons they are developing at a surprisingly rapid rate.

Mr Trump has called Kim "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission". I don't doubt that Trump meant to say "I'd", but he didn't. "I just don't want to comment".

North Korea has proposed talks next week to discuss its plan to send a performing art troupe to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Mr Trump and Kim have traded insults over the past year, as North Korea has accelerated weapons tests and appears on the cusp of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the USA mainland.

"We expect that the upcoming meeting will provide a platform to strengthen worldwide coordination and spread consensus for peaceful and diplomatic resolutions of the North's nuclear problem", the ministry said.

In yet another example of how President Donald Trump's racist views cloud his judgment, NBC News reports Friday afternoon that last fall in the Oval Office the president received an intelligence briefing on the status of the impending release of a family held in Pakistan.

This is due to the North's nuclear weapons and missile programme that has put the world on edge.

A White House statement said the two leaders discussed Mr Macron's recent visit to China and committed to continue to apply pressure on North Korea.

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