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Trump rubbishes report on his "good relationship" with Kim

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today denied having told a leading US daily that he shared a "good relationship" with North Korean Kim Jong-un, asserting that he was "falsely" quoted in the "fake news" story.

In an interview on Thursday, 'The Journal' reported that Trump had developed a positive relationship with the North Korea's despite their differences.

"I probably have a very good relationship with 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".

"The Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Un' (of N Korea). Obviously, I didn't say that," Trump tweeted.

"I said I'd have a good relationship with 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.

Moments later, released the audio clip of the interview.

"As you know, I have a great relationship with Prime Minister of and I would probably have a very good relationship with of North Korea," the said in the audio.

The Journal, however, defended its version of the interview.

"We have reviewed the audio from our interview with 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

"So much 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.

"The is crazed that WE won the election!" Trump tweeted, expressing his frustration over his coverage by the

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".

Last week, Trump told South Korea's President Moon Jae-in that he was open to direct talks with on its nuclear programme.

"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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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:30 IST