Trump: I’m willing to meet with North Korea’s leader
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he wants to renegotiate nuclear program with Kim Jong Un, leader of the isolated nation • Clinton adviser criticizes Trump’s foreign policy, questions his “bizarre fascination with foreign strongmen.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproves of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in eastern Ukraine, and said that as president he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S. Dodd-Frank financial regulations.
The presumptive Republican nominee declined to share details of his plans to deal with North Korea, but said he was open to talking to its leader.
“I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” he said.
Asked whether he would try to talk some sense into Kim, Trump replied, “Absolutely.”
North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks.
Trump also said he would press China, North Korea’s only major diplomatic and economic supporter, to help find a solution.
“I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China. China can solve that problem with one meeting or one phone call,” Trump said in the interview, conducted in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Trump’s preparedness to talk directly with Kim contrasts with President Barack Obama’s policy of relying on senior U.S. officials to talk to senior North Korean officials.
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official declined to respond directly to Trump’s comments, but said South Korea and the United States were committed to denuclearization as the top priority of any dialogue with North Korea.
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