US President Donald Trump today denied having told a leading US daily that he shared a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, asserting that he was "falsely" quoted in the "fake news" story.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised," Trump was quoted as saying in the interview.
Trump said the leading US newspaper knew exactly what he had said, but simply wanted "fake news".
"I said I'd have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, a big difference. Fortunately, we now record conversations with reporters...and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!" Trump said.
The Wall Street Journal, however, defended its version of the interview.
"We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported," the daily tweeted.
It also released the portion of the audio disputed by the White House.
"So much Fake News is being reported. They don't even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information.
Trump has ridiculed Kim in the past, calling him a "maniac" and "little rocket man".
Kim has responded by describing the US president a "mentally deranged US dotard".
"Sure. I always believe in talking. If something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity," he told reporters.
The president had previously dismissed the idea of direct talks with North Korea, tweeting in October that negotiations with the country were a waste of time.
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