Putin calls Kim Jong Un ‘com­pe­tent and ma­ture’ leader

The Western Star - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has shown him­self to be a ma­ture leader who is in­ter­ested in calm­ing down the ten­sions over its nu­clear and long-range mis­sile pro­grams. Meet­ing with top Rus­sian me­dia fig­ures on Thurs­day, Putin said Kim —is an ab­so­lutely com­pe­tent and al­ready ma­ture politi­cian’’ who has —solved his strate­gic task — he has a nu­clear war­head and a global-range mis­sile.’’

Now, in Putin’s view, Kim is —clean­ing up the sit­u­a­tion, smooth­ing it, calm­ing it.’’

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