New Delhi, Jan 07: US President Donald Trump has said that he was absolutely open to hold talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un over nuclear programme but not without preconditions.  “We have a very firm stance. But I absolutely would do that, I always believe in talking,” Trump said when asked about his willingness to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a press conference at Camp David over the Republican’s 2018 agenda.

On being asked if he would sit down to negotiate with the North Korean leader with no prerequisites, Trump said “That’s not what I said, at all”. His statement came amid mounting concerns that rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate into a military confrontation“, reported The Washington Post.

When asked about the upcoming Pyongchang Winter Olympics Trump said,”Look, right now they’re talking Olympics. It’s a start. It’s a big start. If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking about Olympics right now. They’d be doing no talking or it would be much more serious. He (Kim) knows I’m not messing around. Not even a little bit. Not even 1 per cent. He understands that.”

The US president had recently been engaged in a war of words with the North Korean leader on Twitter. He had hit back at Kim Jong-un by saying that he too has a nuclear button on his desk, which was much bigger and powerful than his.

(With inputs from agencies)