Pyongyang entered talks with South Korea for the first time since 2015, in a move that Mr Maloof said “outsmarts” Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump has said he is willing to sit down and hold talks with the hermit nation at the “appropriate time” and under the right “circumstances”.
South Korea met with Kim Jong-un’s regime in the first official talks in two years. The two states agreed athletes from the North will take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month.
“And the US is left dangling and he retains his nuclear weapons and at the same time he makes nice with the South, which is fine, and brings a little more calm to the situation.”
Mr Maloof said Kim Jong-un would not have started diplomatic talks with the South unless the nuclear weapons were capable to “sufficiently deal with any US threat”.
He said: “I don’t think he would’ve done anything before he was assured and felt confident that his arsenal was prepared and ready to go.”
Mr Maloof warned a “bloody nose” strike on North Korea would lead to further conflict.
He said: “The problem that I’m seeing emerging within the Trump administration is that some neocons want to do a bloody nose approach and hit a target just to show him that they mean business.
“That could just absolutely erupt.”
The US has been long-term allies with Seoul but has now been told their input in matters regarding the two countries is not wanted.
In a press release, North Korea’s Central News Agency said: “The foreign forces do not want the military tension on the Korean Peninsula to be defused and the emergence of a reunified power there.
“The matter of north-south relations should be settled by the Korean nation itself responsible for it.”