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Putin: Kim ‘won this round’ against Trump

VLADIMIR Putin believes North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has triumphed in his latest stand-off with Donald Trump over his nuclear missile program.

According to The Sun, the Russian president labelled Kim a “competent and mature politician” saying he had “won this round” with the US president.

However, he urged Kim to work to defuse international tensions over Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear program.

Mr Putin’s comments come after Kim unexpectedly agreed to restore talks with neighbouring South Korea two years after relations broke down.

“I believe Mr Kim Jong-un has won this round,” Mr Putin told Russian journalists.

“He has achieved his strategic task — he has a nuclear warhead, and a global-range missile with a range of up to 13,000 kilometres, which can now reach practically any point of the globe, at any rate any point on the territory of its potential enemy.

“He is an absolutely competent and already mature politician.”

The Russian leader added it was now in K…

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