Donald Trump takes credit for North-South Korea talks and calls doubters 'fools'

Donald Trump has reacted with typical modesty to the latest news from Korea

Donald Trump reckons he's responsible for the key breakthrough in North Korea

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Donald Trump has reacted with typical modesty to news of talks between North and South Korea, claiming his stance is responsible for the breakthrough.

Trump made the comment on Twitter after South Korea responded to an overture from its rogue northern neighbour and proposed high-level talks next week.

The US President claimed that his hawkish approach to North Korea has forced Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

Trump wrote: "With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North.

"Fools, but talks are a good thing!"

Trump has issued several warnings to North Korean leasder Kim Jong-un, most recently telling his North Korean counterpart that his nuclear button was "bigger and more powerful" than Kim's.

The Republican billionaire has also mocked Kim, calling him "Rocket Man" - drawing a series of equally provocative threats and barbs from North Korea.