When a journalist put it to him that Kim continued to developed both programmes, the president replied "You don't know that", even though it reflects the United States intelligence consensus.
"If you listened to President Obama, we'd be in World War 3 right now". But we have a very good relationship and we'll see what happens.
One example of this is Washington's handling of North Korea negotiations which have largely faltered despite President Trump's efforts.
North Korean has celebrated the completion of leader Kim Jong-un's signature construction project, a new city near the sacred mountain where his family claims its roots, with state media today calling it the "epitome of modern civilisation".More news: Chandrayaan 2: NASA releases image of Vikram lander’s impact site
Discussing the North Korean leader, Trump said: "I have confidence in him". North Korea has a habit of timing some of its weapons tests to coincide with major events on the global calendar, including an intercontinental ballistic missile test in 2017 that coincided with Independence Day in the U.S.
Kim's visit to Samjiyon County for the second time this year raises speculation that he may have chosen a direction for the denuclearization negotiations with the US. "You'd be in a war right now if it weren't for me", he said".
However, just hours later a scheduled lunch between Trump and Kim, as well as a potential joint signing ceremony, was cancelled as talks ultimately fell flat.
It comes as President Trump - now in Britain for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit - today invoked his previous nickname for Kim Jong Un, claiming that "Rocket Man" likes to launch missiles.More news: Cyber Monday Advice From The BBB
The US has requested that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons before any reward can be offered, but Kim deems this to be impossible as it would be, in his view, political suicide.
The Washington Post notes North Korea "has a history of timing launches with an eye on worldwide developments and even US holidays".
North Korean diplomat Ri Thae Song said in a statement on Tuesday that it is the US' decisions that will impact the North Koreans' actions over the next few weeks. "It feels no need to hide what it will do from now on and therefore, reminds the USA once again that the year-end time limit comes nearer", Ri said.
North Korea yesterday issued a thinly veiled warning it could resume long-distance missile tests in the next few weeks if the U.S. does not change its negotiating position on the regime's nuclear disarmament, saying "it is entirely up to the United States what Christmas gift it will select to get". Choi Yong-hwan from the Institute for National Security Strategy said, "North Korea may choose to strengthen its nuclear capabilities, deploy nuclear weapons they already have or work on completing advanced missile technologies they haven't completed yet".More news: Fantagio Rookie Actor Cha Inha Found Dead At Age 27