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Politics Trump takes credit for recent talks between North and South Korea

15:20  04 january  2018
15:20  04 january  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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North Korea agrees to first talks with South in two years. North and South Korea have agreed to discuss cooperation on the games as well as other issues in rare meetings set to begin on Tuesday in Panmunjom, a village that straddles the demilitarised zone between the two countries.

President Donald Trump took credit Thursday for recently renewed communications between North Korea and South Korea .

Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © AFP/Getty Images/STR/Yuri Gripas

President Donald Trump took credit Thursday for recently renewed communications between North Korea and South Korea.

"With all of the failed 'experts' weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total 'might' against the North," Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

He added, "Fools, but talks are a good thing!"

On Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered contact on a hotline between the two Koreas that had been dormant for almost two years -- a major diplomatic breakthrough following a year of escalating hostility and a move that could pave the way for future talks.

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Claim: Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agree the US President deserves credit for peace talks with North Korea . Verdict: Only the historical record will reveal what influenced these talks , but evidence suggests it was the South Koreans who encouraged dialogue with the

(CNN) - President Donald Trump took credit Thursday for recently renewed communications between North Korea and South Korea . According to South Korea 's Unification Ministry, the North made first contact at exactly the time ordered, and the sides were on the phone from 3:30 p.m. to 3:50

North Korea called South Korea on Thursday to ensure the hotline is stable, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

Trump's claim of credit for diplomacy between the two countries came two days after he tried to taunt the North Korean leader on Twitter, criticizing the size of Kim's "nuclear button" in comparison the US president's and causing an international outcry.

Trump has taken a hard stance against North Korea, and in October, he said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," a reference to the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" Trump tweeted at the time.

CNN's Eli Watkins, Taehoon Lee, Hilary Whiteman, and Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed to this report.

Report: Trump suggests positive relationship with NK leader .
<p>President Donald Trump has suggested in an interview that he has developed a positive relationship with the North Korean leader, but declines to say whether they have spoken.</p>Trump told The Wall Street Journal Thursday, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un." Asked if he had spoken with Kim, Trump was evasive: "I'm not saying I have or haven't. I just don't want to comment.

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