Military Action Not First Choice, But Will See': Donald Trump On North Korea

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Military Action Not First Choice, But Will See': Donald Trump On North Korea

Posted on : Thursday 7th of September 2017

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING:  President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that the United States would no longer tolerate North Korea's actions but said the use of military force against Pyongyang will not be his "first choice."

In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders days after North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to "take further action with the goal of achieving the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula," the White House said.

"President Xi would like to do something. We'll see whether or not he can do it. But we will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea," Trump told reporters, though he offered no specifics.

"I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100 percent," he added.

Asked whether he was considering a military response to North Korea, Trump said: "Certainly, that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens."

Xi, who has been under pressure from Trump to do more to help curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, told the US president during their 45-minute call that the North Korean issue must be resolved through "dialogue and consultation."

The focus on negotiations by China, North Korea's main trading partner, contrasted with Trump's assertions over the last few days that now was not the time for talks with North Korea while pressing instead for increased international pressure on Pyongyang.

The United States and South Korea have asked the United Nations to consider tough new sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear test on Sunday that Pyongyang said was an advanced hydrogen bomb.

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday that resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis was impossible with sanctions and pressure alone.

Putin met South Korea's Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of an economic summit in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok amid mounting international concern that their neighbour plans more weapons tests, including possibly a long-range missile launch before a weekend anniversary.

Putin echoed other world leaders in denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear bomb test on Sunday, saying Russia did not recognise its nuclear status.

"Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program is a crude violation of UN Security Council resolutions, undermines the non-proliferation regime and creates a threat to the security of northeastern Asia," Putin said at a news conference.

"At the same time, it is clear that it is impossible to resolve the problem of the Korean peninsula only by sanctions and pressure," he said.

No headway could be made without political and diplomatic tools, Putin said.

Courtesy : NDTV

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