August 23, 2017 / 3:58 AM / 4 months ago

Trump voices mild optimism about ties with North Korea

PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday about a possible improvement in relations with North Korea after months of mounting tension over its weapons programs.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

“I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us,” Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“And maybe - probably not, but maybe - something positive can come about,” he said at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Paul Tait

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