Putin says 'shrewd and mature' North Korean leader has 'won this round'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse worldwide tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un of North Korea", Trump said. "I think you people are surprised". "I could give you 20 examples".

Mr. Trump declined to say whether he had directly spoken with his North Korean counterpart. I'm not saying I have or haven't. North Korea's aggressive pursuit of a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US with a nuclear warhead has emerged as the president's most fraught foreign crisis.

Russian Federation has voted at the United Nations in favour of global sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme, while urging the West to show restraint and calling for talks over the issue.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the conference of cell chairpersons of the ruling party in Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the conference of cell chairpersons of the ruling party in Pyongyang

Trump has mocked Kim's weight and called him "little rocket man" in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

"He is already an absolutely shrewd and mature politician", Putin said of the North Korean leader.

While Russia has publicly denounced North Korea for its continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, it is at odds with Washington regarding the best solution to the issue.

But Pyongyang - which boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul - agreed Tuesday to send athletes and officials to the Games as the North and South held their first formal talks in two years at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone. 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.

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