"Without our attitude, that would have never happened", he said.
When pressed if there would be prerequisites to talks (the USA has historically demanded the North first commit to denuclearizing), Trump evaded the question. "I'm a very flexible person", Trump added.
But South Korea's account of the call included a firm denial of a news story that has caused North Korea experts to recoil in horror, namely that Trump is considering a "bloody nose" strike against Kim Jong Un's regime, according to Anna Fitfield, the Washington Post's Tokyo Bureau Chief. "I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised", Trump said. "I don't want to comment on it-I don't want to comment, I'm not saying I have or I haven't". "I want to show my gratitude", he said.
Fort Greely, near Delta Junction, is home to most of America's ground-based midcourse missile interceptors, the nation's only missile defense system created to protect against intercontinental ballistic missiles like those recently tested by North Korea.
To enact the strategy, the United States would respond to some North Korean provocation with a limited strike.
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The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed toward the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.
"A lot of good talks are going on right now, a lot of good energy".
With the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang less than a month away, South Korea continues to offer olive branches to their northern neighbors.
On Tuesday, the two Koreas held their first talks in two years and agreed on the North's participation in the Winter Olympics being held in the South next month. When pushed if this delegation included White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in a recent press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that a list containing the entire delegation would be forthcoming.
The U.S. and South Korea also agreed to postpone previously scheduled joint military exercises until after the Olympics.
South China Morning Post reported that the pictures were taken before a New Year's speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in which he warned President Donald Trump about a "nuclear button" on his desk, while also offering to hold talks with Seoul. The two countries are still at war, but are engaged in talks for the first time in years.
"If I were them, I would try", he said, but added "The difference is I'm President, other people aren't".