Putin calls Kim Jong-un 'competent and mature' leader: 'North Korean leader interested in reducing tensions'

Moscow: Russian president Vladimir Putin says North Korea's Kim Jong-un has shown himself to be a mature leader who is interested in calming down the tensions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs.

File image of Vladimir Putin. AP

File image of Vladimir Putin. AP

Meeting with top Russian media figures on Thursday, Putin said Kim "is an absolutely competent and already mature politician" who has "solved his strategic task" - he has a nuclear warhead and a global-range missile."

Now, in Putin's view, Kim is "cleaning up the situation, smoothing it, calming it."

Kim and US president Donald Trump have engaged in an increasingly sharp war of words as North Korea's weapons programs advance, each of them belittling the other.

Updated Date: Jan 12, 2018 07:22 AM

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