Trump suggests he's developed a positive relationship with Kim Jong

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"I have relationships with people", Trump continued.

No sitting USA president is known to have spoken with a North Korean leader.

The satellite images were published shortly after the two Koreas - North and South - held their first historic meeting in two years, which concluded with both countries' showing signs of reducing regional tension, after a year of Pyongyang's continuous weapons tests and US President Donald Trump's hostile remarks towards North Korea. "I'm not saying I have or haven't". Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard". "I just don't want to comment".

Trump's relationship with Kim has been primarily distinguished by escalating barbs and insults.

Trump and Kim have traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults over the previous 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.

President Donald Trump, who's said North Korea won't be allowed to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the USA, also said Thursday that he expects the crisis with Kim's regime to be resolved without war.

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The White House and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

South Korea and the United States are technically still at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Rhetoric on all sides may have moderated as a result of the first round of intra-Korean talks in more than two years on Tuesday, but USA officials say hawks in President Donald Trump's administration, up to and including Trump himself, remain pessimistic that they will lead anywhere.

Trump said the stop-and-go nature to his strategy with North Korea is intentional and part of a broader goal.

President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador said Sunday the administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs. "What he has basically said is 'Yes, there could be a time where we talk to North Korea, ' but a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place".

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