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Open to negotiations with North Korea: Donald Trump

Donald Trump also stated that the US was ready for anything more than just negotiations

IANS  |  Washington 

UN: Donald Trump, center, speaks while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley watch during the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: PTI
UN: Donald Trump, center, speaks while United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley watch during the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: PTI

President has said he is open to the possibility of negotiations with over its programme.

"We're going to see what happens with That's all I can say. We're going to see what happens. We're totally prepared for numerous things," told reporters on Friday at the White House, Efe news reported.

"If something can happen where we negotiate, I'm always open to that. But if it's going to be something other than negotiation, believe me, we are ready, more so than we have ever been," he added.

Two weeks ago, Trump was dismissive of remarks by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, indicating the had established direct lines of communication with and was interested in dialogue.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Trump tweeted on October 1, using his nickname for North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" Trump added.

A day after that tweet, Press Secretary said the "only conversations that have taken place" with "would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained."

"Beyond that, there will be no conversations with at this time," she added.

Trump ominously warned in his debut speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 19 that the would obliterate the secretive Asian country if necessary.

"The has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," Trump said in his speech.

Shortly afterward, Kim accused Trump of being mentally deranged and said he would "pay dearly" for making threats against

The Asian nation's foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, told reporters in New York on September 22 that may retaliate for Trump's threats by testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 10:32 IST
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