President Donald Trump said, Saturday, December 7, he does not think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to interfere in next year's U.S. presidential election and said he would be surprised if Pyongyang acted in a hostile way.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed during a phone conversation to maintain dialogue with the nuclear-armed North, Seoul said Saturday, with the two allies noting the situation had become "grave."

Denuclearization negotiations have been at a standstill since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February and pressure is rising as an end-of-year deadline to offer concessions, set by Pyongyang for Washington, approaches.

The 30-minute talk was the first conversation between the U.S. president and the South Korean leader since they met at the UN General Assembly in New York in September.

"The two leaders shared an assessment that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is grave," said Ko Min-jung, the spokeswoman of the South's presidential office.

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