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President Trump says he’d be ‘honoured’ to meet with Kim Jong-un

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President Trump says he'd be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong-un — the paranoid North Korean dictator accused of crimes against humanity — under the “right circumstances.”

“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg News on Monday. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”

“Most political people would never say that,” he added, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”

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Meanwhile, the President who vowed to “make America safe again” — currently on a whirlwind interview circuit capping off his first 100 days in office — claimed “nobody's safe” from the threat of North Korea amid ratcheted-up tensions.

“Nobody's safe. I mean, who's safe? The guy's got nuclear weapons,” Trump told “The Fox News Specialists” in an interview airing Monday evening.

“I'd like to say they're very safe. These are great brave solders, these are great brave troops and they know the situation. We have 28,000 troops on the line and they're right there. And so nobody's safe. We're probably not safe over here. If he gets the long-range missiles, we're not safe either.”

Charmaine Yoest testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. - Matt Rourke/AP Photo © Provided by New York Daily News Charmaine Yoest testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. - Matt Rourke/AP Photo

A mutinous North Korea claimed earlier Monday it would boost its nuclear force “to the maximum” in the face of Trump’s foreign-policy posturing.

“Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” a foreign ministry spokesperson told state-run news agency KCNA.

Kim Jong-Un attends a celebration of the Korean People’s Army’s 85th founding anniversary. - STR/AFP/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News Kim Jong-Un attends a celebration of the Korean People’s Army’s 85th founding anniversary. - STR/AFP/Getty Images

“(North Korea’s) measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,” the official added.

The Trump administration last month decided that its strategy toward North Korea — which has ramped up its sinister saber-rattling in recent weeks — would be “maximum pressure and engagement,” the AP reported.

The isolated North has conducted five nuclear tests over the last 11 years and recently fired off several missiles, including a failed midrange ballistic missile launch on Saturday — the dictatorship’s third botched test-fire last month.

President Trump did not rule out military action against North Korea in a recent interview. - MC SPC2ND CLASS Z.A. LANDERS/AFP/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News President Trump did not rule out military action against North Korea in a recent interview. - MC SPC2ND CLASS Z.A. LANDERS/AFP/Getty Images

Amid North Korea’s latest provocations, the United States in April directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group toward the Korean Peninsula for joint exercises with South Korea.

The U.S. last week also began installing the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system on a site in South Korea, with National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster confirming Sunday that the U.S. would pay for it.

Trump declined to rule out military action in North Korea in a wide-ranging Sunday interview with “Face the Nation,” telling host John Dickerson “we’ll see.”

“If (Kim Jong Un) does a nuclear test, I will not be happy. And I can tell you also, I don’t believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy, either,” Trump said.

He did, however, praise the young supreme leader as “a pretty smart cookie” for having maintained his authority despite people who might’ve “tried to take that power away.”

In a Reuters interview days earlier, the President said he’d “love to solve things diplomatically” — but admitted “there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.”

Officials from the North, meanwhile, have escalated their hyperbolic rhetoric against the U.S. — including warning of a “super mighty pre-emptive strike” and threatening nuclear war.

A North Korean propaganda video last week showed the White House in crosshairs and the Carl Vinson struck by missiles, reportedly closing with the subtitle, “the final collapse will begin.”

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