Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site: monitor

Donald Trump is building more nukes to tackle Kim

The pope addressed diplomats a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. On December of 2016, he called Putin "very smart" and a few months later in an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump said "I do respect [Putin]".

"When Trump was asked if he has spoken with Kim, Trump said he didn't want to comment".

Multiple outlets have also reported that the Trump administration is debating the possibility of pursuing a "bloody nose" strategy - a first, targeted strike to deter North Korea from proceeding with its weapons testing.

North Koreans are also genuinely anxious the United States could launch a preventive war on the peninsula.

Kim Jong-un has, finally, had his way and Donald Trump is believed to have modified his earlier stance when he had indicated to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that talking to the hermit kingdom was a waste of time.

Trump, who has repeatedly taunted and teased Kim and dubbed him "Little Rocket Man, sparked fears of a nuclear war and drew widespread condemnation last week when he used juvenile terms to brag that he commands a "more powerful" nuclear arsenal".

"If I were them, I would try", he said.

"I have relationships with people", Trump continued. "And I know more about wedges than any human being that's lived".

"I got to know (Putin) very well because we were both on '60 Minutes, ' we were stablemates, and we did very well that night".

Trump later walked those comments back. "I don't know who Putin is".

"He has achieved his strategic task - he has a nuclear warhead, and a global-range missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles), which can now reach practically any point of the globe, at any rate any point on the territory of its potential enemy".

"Now he's of course interested to de-escalate and cool the situation around it".

CNN reports that the motive behind Kim's willingness to hold talks is shrouded in mystery. "He is already a shrewd, shrewd and mature politician".

Talks with the South Koreans would constrain the US's ability to respond to any new North Korean nuclear and missile tests, because the United States will need South Korea's full support if the crisis continues on its current trajectory.

President Jimmy Carter spoke with Kim Il Sung in 1994, but he was a former president by that point and Bill Clinton was in office.

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