Donald Trump: China not helpful enough on North Korea

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"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday 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 don't want to comment on it-I don't want to comment, I'm not saying I have or I haven't".

"It is of paramount importance to support every effort at dialog on the Korean peninsula, in order to find new ways of overcoming the current disputes, increasing mutual trust and ensuring a peaceful future for the Korean people and the entire world", Francis said.

"We have been much tougher on China, but not almost as tough as I would be, but they are helping us a lot with North Korea, he said in response to a question".

"I'm a very flexible person", Trump added.

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

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China has not done enough on the issue of North Korea for the US, President Donald Trump has said but appreciated the "great chemistry" he shares with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Just to be clear, you haven't spoken to the North Korean leader, I mean when you say a relationship with Korea", he was immediately asked. "I don't want to comment on it".

Seoul responded with an nearly instantaneous offer of dialogue, culminating in the first meeting of the two sides in two years on January 9 at the border village of Panmunjom. He said that he was willing to sit down with Kim Jong Un on condition that Pyongyang would offer a guarantee to the South Koreans that they were committed to cultivating a lasting peace between the two neighboring nations.

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.

The consensus among US intelligence agencies is Kim is convinced Washington seeks to overthrow him and only a nuclear arsenal can deter that.

However, Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, said China's attitude might change if North Korea launched a nuclear-tipped ICBM into the Pacific Ocean or fired missiles toward Guam.

"Even if Trump is not really serious about a military strike, there is always the risk of miscalculation or an over-reaction from North Korea", Zhao said.