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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 lon­grange mis­sile pro­grammes.

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 Mr Putin’s view, Kim is “clean­ing up the sit­u­a­tion, smooth­ing it, calm­ing it.” Kim and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have en­gaged in an in­creas­ingly sharp war of words as North Korea’s weapons pro­grammes ad­vance, each of them be­lit­tling the other.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

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