Asked whether he has spoken with the North Korean leader, Trump told the newspaper: "I don't want to comment on it". "I have relationships with people".
But North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to US demands and negotiate away a weapons program he sees as vital to his survival, so any reduction in tensions could prove shortlived.
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. Kim has responded by calling the United States president a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard". "I'm not saying I have or I haven't". "I think you people are surprised".
According to the narrative put forth by those advocating a tougher response, a strike could be limited to a single target with the aim of making Kim see reason, not to topple his government, something North Korea's neighbor and only major ally, China, would not countenance, the officials said. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017.
President Trump, who has repeatedly called Kim Jong-Un "Rocket Man" and his government a "band of criminals" while threatening to destroy the country with "fire and fury", said Thursday that he has a "very good relationship" with the Korean dictator.
Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France. They argue about whose nuclear button is bigger.
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. Seoul and Washington have also agreed to postpone joint military drills until after the games, which Trump said "sends a good message to North Korea".