WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump considers that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is starting to "respect" the United States and that it may lead to some "positive" results.
"But Kim Jong Un, I respect the fact that I believe he is starting to respect us… and maybe, probably not, something positive can come about," Trump said Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona.
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington hopes that the level of restraint North Korea has demonstrated after the new UN Security Council resolution could lead to dialogue with Pyongyang in near future.
Pyongyang in response vowed to use any means possible to retaliate against the United States. In turn, Trump warned that North Korea's threats against the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
Following Trump's statement, Pyongyang said it was considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam, where several US military bases are located. However later North Korea’s state media reported that its leader had decided to wait and see what the United States does next.