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Trump 'absolutely' willing to talk to Kim Jong-un

Trump 'absolutely' willing to talk to Kim Jong-un
From Al Jazeera - January 7, 2018

US President Donald Trumpsaid he would be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the phone, but not without conditions.

"I always believe in talking," Trump briefly told reporters on Saturday.

"Absolutely, I would do that," he said when asked if he would be willing to talk to the North Korean leader.

Trump also said he hoped the upcoming talks between North and South Korea on Pyongyang's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics would ease tensions over the North Korea's missiles and nuclear programme.

The high-level talks, to be held on January 9, will be the first such communications in more than two years.

Trump said he "very much" wants to see "it work out between the two countries," and took credit for the rapprochement.

"Without my rhetoric and tough stance," he said, "they would not be talking".

The US president and the North Korean leader have repeatedly traded barbs in the past - Trump has called Kim "rocket man", while Kim described Trump as a "dotard".

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