From 'Madman' Kim Jong-Un Becomes 'Very Honourable' For US President Trump

| April 25 , 2018 , 11:38 IST

The considerable change in the relationship between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un became evident on Tuesday as Trump described Kim as 'very open' and 'very honourable', in sharp contrast to his earlier assessment of Kim as a 'Madman'.

Trump hailed the North Korean leader as 'very open' and 'very honourable' for wanting the historic, high-stakes meeting between the US and North Korean leaders as soon as possible, where the discussion of denuclearisation is expected to take place.

"We have been told directly that they would like to have the meeting as soon as possible. We think that's a great thing for the world," Trump said at the White House.

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"Kim Jong Un, he really has been very open and I think very honorable from everything we're seeing," he added.

Relations between US and North Korea worsened after Pyongyang's claims of testing a nuclear-hydrogen bomb in September 2017, after which the US placed a series of sanctions on North Korea. The tit-for-tat actions continued for months, as North Korea continued its missile tests, and US added sanctions.

Trump in a tweet had termed Kim Jong Un as a 'madman' and wrote " Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!"

In a separate tweet in January this year, Trump said, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un called Trump a 'mad dog' who was 'barking'.

Kim Jong-Un expressed willingness for denuclearisation in a meet with a South Korean delegation, after which he agreed to meet US President Donald Trump for discussions as well.

Leaders of the US and North Korea have not met in 6 decades of hostility since the Korean War.