Has Trump talked to North Korea's Kim?

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Following a meeting with Moon in June, Trump said the "era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed".

But Trump's stance on North Korea has shifted time and time again. Since February, Pyongyang has fired off 23 missiles.

Trump expressed interest in holding talks with North Korea "under the right circumstances", according to the White House's account of the call, and said that Vice President Mike Pence will head to South Korea's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

In that speech, Kim called for improving "frozen" inter-Korean ties, glorifying this year as "an eventful one noteworthy in the history of the nation".

"Not helpful enough, but they have been very helpful. I hope we do", the president added. Clinton, as part of an effort to free two American journalists, met with Kim Jong Il in 2009, but Barack Obama was president at the time. With that being said, it's not enough.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said he may be open to diplomatic meetings with North Korea after months of trading insults and threats over its nuclear weapons program.

"You'll see that a lot with me", he said about his tweets. "If the North provokes again or does not show sincerity on revising its nuclear problem, the global community will continue to apply even stronger sanctions and pressure".

The Russian president insisted the only way to resolve tensions in Korean peninsula region is through dialogue. "That should have been a problem that was solved by Obama, or Bush, or Clinton or anybody, because the longer it went, the worse, the more hard the problem got", he said. They also say Kim may push for better ties with Seoul as North Korea feels the pain of US-led worldwide sanctions. "I'm a very flexible person". Technically, South Korea and the USA remain at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice instead of a peace treaty. "I just don't want to comment", he replied, when asked by WSJ if he had contacts with the North Korean leader. "I want to show my gratitude", Moon told reporters at a news conference, Reuters reported. North Korea's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri said joint military drills between both countries are a "source of catastrophe" for the Korean Peninsula.

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