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Trump says he is ‘absolutely’ open to talks with North KoreaUS President Donald Trump told reporters at Camp David on Saturday that he is open to talking with North Korea and that he believes in dialogue. However, the president emphasized that a firm stance must be taken when dealing with the isolated country.
In a Saturday press conference at Camp David, Maryland, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he is open to talks with North Korea. However, the president emphasized that a firm stance must be taken with the dictatorship.
"Sure, I always believe in talking," Trump told reporters. "But we have a very firm stance. Look, our stance, you know what it is. We're very firm. But I would be, absolutely I would do that. I don't have a problem with that at all."
Trump also addressed the recent diplomatic thawing between Seoul and Pyongyang and stressed that without his involvement, the two countries would not be discussing the upcoming Winter Olympics. “If something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity,” said Trump. “That would be a great thing for the world. Very important."
“[Kim Jong-un] knows I'm not messing around,” the president added. “I'm not messing around. Not even a little bit. Not even 1%. He understands that. At the same time, if we can come up with a very peaceful and very good solution, we're working on it ... with a lot of people."
Tensions have been high between the US and North Korea as the two leaders continued to exchange aggressive rhetoric. In his New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took a threatening stance against the US and he clarified that “the nuclear launch button is always on his desk.” The US president in turn replied that his own nuclear button is “much bigger and “more powerful,” in a post on his Twitter account last week.
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