"I believe, Mr Kim Jong-un has certainly won this round", he added, also saying that the leader "has a nuclear (charge) and a ... missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometers that can reach nearly any place on Earth or at least any territory of his potential adversary". "I'm a very flexible person", Trump added. "I said to my team: Can you imagine what that would look like?"
Asked if he had spoken with Mr Kim, the President said cryptically: "I don't want to comment on it".
Direct talks between the U.S. president and Kim would be unprecedented. Only recently, there was a war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump about the size of the nuclear button on their desks.
During my visit, I heard nothing to suggest that North Korea is prepared, at this time, to be the first to accept the Russian and Chinese proposal for a freeze on its missile and nuclear tests in return for American agreement to freeze its joint military exercises with South Korea.
A distinguished retired South Korean general warned that a USA attack on North Korea would be met by well-armed soldiers fighting with religious fervor to defend their homeland.
Haley said it was her understanding that the two sides were limiting their talks to the Olympics, "but you know, those two countries have to get along". On the Korean peninsula, Kim Jong-un has once again reinforced his growing nuclear weapons capability and apparent willingness to make nuclear threats. "I just don't want to comment".
The U.S. and South Korea have stepped up an worldwide pressure campaign against North Korea in recent months in an effort to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Tunnel excavation has been ramped up at the West Portal at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, while the North Portal remains dormant, the images show.
In a new open letter to members of Congress, seventeen former nuclear launch officers issue a grave warning regarding President Trump's unfettered access to nuclear weapons, declaring that the current USA nuclear launch process "poses a clear and present danger to the country and the world: No one - not the secretary of defense, not the attorney general, not Congress - can veto that order".
North and South Korea held their first talks in two years on Tuesday.
Despite the slight easing of tensions with North Korea in recent days, plenty of Americans still appear concerned about the potential for nuclear war: By midday on Wednesday, Jones said he'd already received over 200 individual orders--more than 10 times the typical daily average for his website selling nuclear attack-related products. In his New Year's address last week, Kim said he has a "nuclear button" that could fire weapons anywhere in the United States, and Trump responded that he has a much bigger and more powerful "nuclear button".