U.S. President Donald Trump says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ''starting to respect'' us. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday (August 22) about a possible improvement in relations with North Korea after months of mounting tension over its weapons programs. Trump made the remarks to thousands of his supporters in Phoenix, Arizona. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Kim Jong Un, I respect the fact that I believe that he is starting to respect us. I respect that fact very much. Respect that fact. And maybe, probably not, but maybe, something positive can come about." North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the start of last year. Washington says the aim of any future talks must be denuclearisation, something Pyongyang has rejected as long as the United States maintains a "hostile policy" towards it.