North Korea diplomats say attack on U.S. would be 'suicidal'

North Korea diplomats say attack on U.S. would be 'suicidal'

"He is an absolutely competent and already mature politician", Putin said, adding that the hard task of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula should be solved only through a dialogue, through negotiations.

The comments follow the staging of the first high-level inter-Korean talks since December 2015 after Kim made peaceful overtures towards his southern neighbors during his annual New Years Day speech.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster has been the most vocal of Trump's aides arguing for a more active military approach, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the military leadership have urged caution, stressing the need to exhaust diplomatic options, according to five officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr Kim called the 71-year-old president "the mentally deranged U.S. dotard".

Pyongyang's chief negotiator, however said there was no need to discuss the North Korean nuclear program because all its weapons "are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, nor China and Russian Federation".

White House spokespeople didn't immediately respond to questions about whether Trump and Kim had spoken. Trump also again indicated he's open to direct United States talks with North Korea under the right circumstances.

Mr Trump is understood to have told South Korean President Moon Jae-in there would be no military action while North-South talks were ongoing. The North has also sentenced Trump to death on multiple occasions.

Indeed, North Koreans see the US-ROK exercises as anything but routine; to the contrary, there was a sense among them that the Pentagon has launched the contact reconnaissance phase of a military operation it is planning to undertake on the peninsula.

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But North Korea remains critical of US policy. "He has a nuclear arsenal", Putin told reporters, warning that the only way to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is through dialogue.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have a "very good relationship", the United States president suggested last night, in remarks that appeared to signal a new openness to diplomacy with North Korea.

"I don't want to comment on it".

The president's remarks to TheWSJ, while definitely unusual, do appear to indicate that he is actually open to the idea of diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis.

But diplomats also said they are not completely knowledgeable of how North Korea could achieve nuclear parity with a powerful United States.

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.

Defectors have said being found in possession of a Bible is a punishable offense in North Korea.


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