Trump: Military Action Against N. Korea Certainly Not ‘First Choice’
U.S. President Donald Trump, asked Wednesday whether he would take military action against North Korea, said, “We will see what happens. Certainly, that is not the first choice.”
Trump spoke at the White House following a telephone call with China’s president, Xi Jinping.
Asked by VOA what he’d discussed concerning North Korea with the Chinese leader, Trump replied that “President Xi would like to do something on North Korea,” but it was unclear “whether or not he can do it.”
Trump described his conversation with Xi as “very, very frank and very strong,” saying it “was a very good phone call. It lasted a long time.”
The president added that on the recent provocations by North Korea, Xi “agrees with me 100 percent. He does not want to see what is happening there either.”
Trump and Xi “committed to strengthen coordination and take further action with the goal of achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” according to a readout of the phone call issued by the White House.
Later, aboard Air Force One, Trump told reporters that Xi was “very much in favor of the de-nuke of North Korea” and that “we’re going to be talking again soon.”
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