Donald Trump says he’d love to meet Kim Jong Un, even if it means the United States and North Korea are at war
Donald Trump said Tuesday he would like to meet North Korea’s leader if the two countries get together and discuss a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff.
Speaking at a rally in Florida, Trump said he’s willing to talk to Kim Jong-un about the nuclear issue if it’s brought up by the two leaders.
“If the two of them come together and talk, I’d love for us to meet and have a great conversation,” Trump said, adding that he would also like to have a dialogue with North Korean leader Kim Jong Nam.
“I’m the one that has the nuclear codes, and he doesn’t,” Trump added.
“And if we get to a point where I feel like I have to use the nuclear force to make him understand that, well, we can have that conversation.”
Trump also took aim at the United Nations and the international community.
“We are not going to talk about North Korea.
We’re not going on their terms, we’re not even going to meet them,” he said.
“We are going to make them feel like it’s a new day.
We will put pressure on them to go back to the table.”
The Republican president’s comments come after North Korea conducted its fourth and most powerful nuclear test in recent months and the U.N. Security Council declared it a nuclear test site.
The U.S. has said it would respond to the North’s latest missile launch, but Pyongyang has rejected the U-2 spy plane as a means of targeting the U,S.
and South Korean bases on the peninsula.
The latest test of a ballistic missile, the latest in a string of missiles that have failed in recent days, followed a two-day hiatus in missile launches from Pyongyang in response to the U’s sanctions.
The United States, China and Russia have expressed concern that Pyongyang is testing ballistic missiles that could reach U.K. shores.
Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il have also expressed a desire to work together to defeat ISIS, the terrorist group he’s accused of fomenting, in a speech Kim gave in Pyongyang in April.
Trump also defended his decision to order an airstrike against the Islamic State group’s headquarters in Iraq, saying the military action was a “moment of strength” against ISIS.
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