Trump Won't Say Whether He Spoke With North Korea's Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump speaks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the Washington Thursday Jan. 11 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea's Kim Jong Un has shown himself to be a mature leader who is interested in calming down the tensions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs. He quipped on social media last week that the "nuclear button" on his desk was larger than that of the North Korean leader.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un of North Korea", Trump said. "I have relationships with people".

"Y$3 ou see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody's my best friend", Trump said. "I just don't want to comment".

The president's remarks come after North and South Korea this week held their first talks in two years, and the North agreed to participate in the Winter Olympics in the South next month.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse global tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program.

The North Korea monitoring site said on Thursday that throughout December 2017, there were "mining carts and personnel" as well as what appeared to be a "spoil pile" that had been greatly expanded at the test facility's west portal.

Trump has called Kim "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

Direct talks between the US president and Kim would be unprecedented.

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