Trump says he'd be 'honored' to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong

Tensions are high over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes with the nation conducting tests and launches as it looks to develop a rocket that can deliver a warhead to the US mainland

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That fact was underscored today, when he told Bloomberg News he would "be honored" to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Another major daily, Dong-A Ilbo, declared on its front page Monday: "Trump Risk ... we need to come up with new strategy for Korea-U.S. alliance". The South Korean navy declined to say when the exercises would be completed. It was at least the eighth missile that the Kim Jong Un regime has launched this year in defiance of increased warnings and economic sanctions from the global community.

On Sunday, the president sat down with CBS's John Dickerson to address a different controversial leader - Kim Jong-Un, who he said he admires for taking power at such a young age.

"Clearly, conditions are not there right now", Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said during his daily news briefing Monday.

Despite Trump offering several qualifiers about talks if "appropriate" and "under the right circumstances", which suggest it nearly certainly will never happen at all, was loudly panned. In the last version of the Republican bill, that was left to the states.

Considering the most recent intensification of bilateral relations between Pyongyang and Washington, the latter has been boosting its military capabilities on the border of the recent with the latest advancements to counter any offence. In 2006, North Korea detonated its first nuclear weapon, and has since tested several more.

Trump has stated repeatedly that all options are on the table regarding Pyongyang, and that conceivably would include diplomacy.

US President Donald Trump has said in recent interviews that Seoul should pay for a

"The United States has. negotiated, had talks, waited patiently".

However, its last three rocket tests have ended in failure.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion at the State Department in Washington, Jan. 10, 2017.

Despite pivotal elections in South Korea next week, Pompeo has no plans to meet with any of the presidential candidates. "I would much rather see the federal government focused on other things".

Trump's comment about meeting Kim comes as tensions have risen in recent months between the USA and North Korea as Pyongyang has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and Washington has made a show of force in the region to deter their use. Her backers tend to be older, Christian, conservative and pro-U.S. - people who lived through the 1950-'53 Korean War as children.

"A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else", said President Trump.

"National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster explained that the recent statements by President Trump were made in a general context, in line with the U.S. public expectations on defense cost burden-sharing with allies", the Blue House said in a statement, adding that McMaster requested the call. "I think you'd have to have some parameters before such a meeting took place". "I said, 'We shouldn't be announcing we're going into Mosul.' I said, 'We shouldn't be announcing all our moves.' It is a chess game".

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