Trump Signals Openness To North Korea Diplomacy After Putin Says "Kim Won This Round"

Having called North Korea's leader a 'maniac', a 'bad dude', mocked him as 'short and fat', and referred to him repeatedly as 'rocket man', President Trump told The Wall Street Journal that "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un."

Mr. Kim is hardly innocent in the exchanges as he previously warned he would “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” referring to Mr. Trump.

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In a wide-ranging interview, Trump suggested he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader despite their mutual public insults, signaling a possible new openness to diplomacy after months of escalating tensions over the rogue state’s nuclear program.

“I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”

Asked if he’s spoken with Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump said: ”I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.”

Mr. Trump framed his own comments as part of a broader strategy.

“You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said about combative tweets, “and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”

As WSJ notes, it's been a decade since the U.S. engaged in formal talks with North Korean officials. Those “six-party talks” over North Korea’s nuclear ambition, which included South Korea, Japan, China and Russia, stalled in 2009 in disputes about North Korean nuclear and missile activity.

Since then, diplomats say, there have been messages transmitted back and forth through unofficial channels, including “Track 2” talks in which former U.S. officials and Korea experts have met informally with North Korean officials. But those talks don’t amount to official diplomatic communications. In October, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, without elaborating, that “we have lines of communication to Pyongyang—we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout.”

Mr. Trump has vacillated between seeming open to - and even eager for - diplomacy with North Korea, and dismissing the need or value for it, telling Mr. Tillerson that he is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.”

In the interview, Mr. Trump praised China for help pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear problem, while adding “they can do much more.”

Interestingly, Trump apparent olive branch offering comes after two key moments with Chin and Russia.

China threatened (reportedly) to slow US Treasury purchases, and sent financial markets into a tizzy for a few hours (before denying it).

And Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “shrewd and mature” and had won the latest standoff with the West over his nuclear and missile programs.

I think that Mr Kim Jong Un has obviously won this round. He has completed his strategic task: he has a nuclear weapon, he has missiles of global reach, up to 13,000 km, which can reach almost any point of the globe,” Putin told Russian journalists at a televised meeting.

“He is already a shrewd and mature politician,” Putin said.

All of which follows 'seemingly successful' talks between North and South Korea that enabled the North to attend the imminent Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, a move that Mr. Trump said “sends a good message to North Korea.”

Trump ended the interview in his typical hyperbolic manner, reflecting on the fact that Pyongyang may be trying to separate Washington and Seoul, saying that...

“The difference is I’m president, other people aren’t,” he said.

“And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s lived.”

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beemasters tbd108 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 19:24 Permalink

“You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said about combative tweets, “and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”

Never trust a flip-floper. By the same token, he could be your best buddy one minute and feed you to the sharks the next.

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Sir Edge Ahmeexnal Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

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"Fire... Fury... War... I Mean It This Time"

There never was going to be any military action.

This was and is a MIC and Political Distraction.

If we have ANY USA military action it will be vs Iran in some capacity. 

Ebola... Assad Must Go... Assad can stay... WMD Iraq... Libya Liberation... ISIS

Ukraine Snipers... Yemen Liberation... Afghan Opium... Russian Collusion.

Gulf of Tonkin... 911... Kuwait Incubators... Syrian Gassing... Etc... Etc.. Etc.

Edgey... 

 

 

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null Fredo Corleone Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

Hey, it’s a sovereign country, take it up with the UN. What are you babbling about anyway? You got some connections at the politburo that will get you a vote in the security council?

Lets not muck up Ivanka’s good name with your silly metaphors.

Talk about Stalinist propaganda ... listen to yourself.

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RagaMuffin Pool Shark Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:11 Permalink

Who's playing whom? NK's got nukes and improving delivery, possibly with the help of the Ukrainians. As to Reagan, the USSR collapsed of its own weight with Reagan piling on more debt than all the prior presidents combined. The neocons foaming at the mouth about NK's nukes is as rational as panicking about the number of guns in the US

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z530 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:57 Permalink

Just a reminder:

 

No Atomic weapons = Knife up the ass

Atomic Weapons = Diplomacy and legitimacy

 

Thanks Clinton, Bush and Obama!

 

Wild tree z530 Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

Remember Hitlery's pithy remark, "We came, we saw, he died." While not a fan of Muammar Gaddafi, he reigned for over sixty years with Iran achieving the highest Muslim standard of living in the middle east. He also had a lot to do with the liberation of women, along with the highest education standards. All is now history, as his country have descended into warlords fighting warlords for the drug/oil trade.

When his youngest son was killed in an American bombing raid over his nuclear ambitions, he opened up his country to UN inspectors and complied with all the demands made to disarm. He trusted us to back off our perpetual regime change rhetoric since he complied.

He made his fatal mistake when he declared that he would issue a gold backed dinar, something that the Central Banks did not want to see, thus the road that Hitlery took, and which caused him him his life in the horrific manner described by z530.

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AmarUtu Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:59 Permalink

Trump just needs to secretly go after those who aided Kim's missile program, this type of stuff is not something you buy off a shelf.

And hats off to NK, maybe now they can focus on something more productive, like food and water.

caconhma AmarUtu Thu, 01/11/2018 - 20:15 Permalink

Norkies got their missile technology know-how Soviets. Specifically, it was the primary ICBM supplier for Soviet nuclear submarines (Makeyev OKB). However, the documentation was not complete and they did not have precision instrumentation/tools to produce missile components parts. This is technology similar to US Trident II missiles.

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caconhma AmarUtu Thu, 01/11/2018 - 20:15 Permalink

Norkies got their missile technology know-how Soviets. Specifically, it was the primary ICBM supplier for Soviet nuclear submarines (Makeyev OKB). However, the documentation was not complete and they did not have precision instrumentation/tools to produce missile components parts. This is technology similar to US Trident II missiles.

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Greed is King Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:00 Permalink

Trumps description of Kim is close to the truth, Kim`s description of Trump is bang on the money.

What do Kim and Trump have in common ?; hamsters, Kim looks like he`s got hamster cheeks, Trump wears a hamster on his head.

MK ULTRA Alpha WTFUD Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:19 Permalink

Kim's a winner alright, Chinese troops mobilizing on his border, threats from Xi and the North Korean economy is shut down. Makes sense of Putin saying Kim's the winner.

Putin is so stupid he knew nothing about the internet, made jokes of those who cite the Jews as a major source of global problems, after over 20 million Russian Christians were exterminated by Jews, and now with the Israeli population 20% Russian speakers Putin's travels to Israel because Israel is a Russian trading partner for advanced weapons technology transfer from the West.

The Russians started a propaganda campaign rebroadcast by leftist in the West, that Putin was this intelligent superior leader, he's a dictator(OVER 20 YEARS), Russia's economy is in trouble, revenues are down because of oil and the Russians had to lower their pathetic defense budget twice.

Yeah, a third world dynasty has met it's match with Trump but according to Putin, North Korea won. No, Kim was scared and HAD to make the moves Trump is now supporting. Putin again, is full of BS. LOL Putin is bringing back Stalinism and we now know and understand Putin's plan is to rebuild the Soviet Union. Back to worshiping the mass murderer Stalin. Back to slave countries, that's the only reason the Soviet Union economy was so successful, slave countries from Hungary to Bulgaria to Poland to East Germany. Funny how the newest TV head generation doesn't have a clue.

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Francis Marx Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:05 Permalink

Amazing how quick the turn around was once china said they weren't going to buy our bonds. Money money..

 They using the leverage to mitigate the NK tensions.

Joiningupthedots Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:45 Permalink

Without the Petro Dollar America cannot afford all the military posturing.

The Petro Dollar supremacy is for the dustbin of history probably within 20 years at which time it will become as desirable as a Zimbabwean Dollar.

America CANNOT prevail in a war with North Korea without going nuclear.

Conventional war? China enters the fray and America is ejected from the peninsula for good.

Nuclear war? China and Russia will not tolerate radioactive contamination of their countries without military reply.

Trump is doing the only thing he realistically can in the Realpolitik of the situation, he is just trying to walk it back to reality.