Putin Says NKorea's Kim 'Won This Match' on Nukes Over SKorea, US

Kim Jong Un a competent and mature leader, says Russia's Vladimir Putin

"I believe Mr Kim Jong-Un has won this round", Putin told Russian journalists on Thursday.

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.

He added that the North Koreans reaffirmed their country's commitment to achieving nuclear parity with the US, insisting it does so to preserve their country's survival.

"I have relationships with people".

In follow-up questions Trump pushed back against the notion that his relationship with Pyongyang has soured, saying, "you'll see that a lot with me". Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard".

More news: South Korea planning to close cryptocurrency exchanges, bitcoin dives

The talks resulted in the decision that North Korea would participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a "rocket man". He quipped on social media last week that the "nuclear button" on his desk was larger than that of the North Korean leader.

A B-1B Lancer strategic bomber, two F-35A and two F-35B stealth jets of the U.S. and two F-16K and two F-15K fighters of South Korea fly in formation over the Korean Peninsula in this year's annual joint South Korea-U.S. air force drill, Vigilant Ace, on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by the air force. Technically, South Korea and the USA remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.

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

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