Trump softens tone on North Korea, says it’s time to ‘make a deal’


In South Korea, where Tuesday is almost over, President Trump today sounded almost restrained as he touted U.S. military power while imploring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to make a deal to resolve the showdown over its nuclear program short of war. “I really believe that it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that’s good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world,” Trump said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Without citing anything specific, Trump said “I think we’re making a lot of progress,” and said that he sees what he called “certain movement” in the crisis. “But let’s see what happens,” he added. “I don’t like talking about whether I see success or not in a case such as this. We like to play our cards a little bit close to the vest.”

Trump said North Korea is “a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action,” and again called on all countries including China and Russia to demand North Korea “end its nuclear weapons and its missile programs, and live in peace.” Tomorrow, Trump goes to China to consult with President Xi Jinping, who Trump said has been very helpful. “We’ll find out how helpful soon,” Trump said. “But he really has been very, very helpful. So China is out trying very hard to solve the problem with North Korea. We hope that Russia, likewise, will be helpful.”

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