Trump claims he 'probably' has a good relationship with N. Korea leader

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White House spokespeople didn't immediately respond to questions about whether Trump and Kim had spoken.

Trump had said on Saturday that he was open to talking to Kim.

In November, Trump said while on a trip to Vietnam that becoming friends with Kim "might be a odd thing to happen but it's a possibility".

"At a minimum, he thinks that warning the Chinese about a preemptive strike would motivate Beijing to force Kim to shut down the programs that threaten the us", the official said.

Earlier this week, it was reported the U.S.is considering a "bloody nose" strategy with North Korea that would involve "targeted strikes", as Independent Journal Review reportedly previously. Pyongyang said it would send a delegation. Technically, South Korea and the United States remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Trump's public response to the intra-Korean meeting has been mostly positive though at times tinged with skepticism. No conversation has been publicly reported between any sitting United States president and a North Korean leader in decades, if ever.

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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he "probably" has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a change in tone for Trump after exchanging insults with Kim over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. When asked whether he has spoken directly with Kim, Trump declined to comment. "I'm not saying I have or haven't".

The Vancouver meeting, aimed at increasing the USA -led pressure campaign against Pyongyang, was announced by Washington just after North Korea's last intercontinental ballistic missile test in late November.

Trump and Kim have traded bellicose rhetoric and crude 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 US mainland. "I hope that doesn't happen", Haley said.

A South Korean official said Seoul believed the chance of a USA strike was still low. "A lot of good energy", Trump said at the news conference.

Such military action, though, would reportedly not lead to a major war with the East Asian state.

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