Trump tells N. Korea: “Let’s make a deal”
Never make a deal with the devil… especially when it deals with nuclear bombs like North Korea or Iran.
President Trump abandoned his usual aggressive tone with North Korea on Tuesday and urged the regime to “come to the table” and “make a deal.”
“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,” the president said in a speech in Seoul, South Korea, where he’s on the second leg of a trip to five Asian nations.
Taking a page from the “Speak softly and carry a big stick” approach to diplomacy, Trump touted America’s military might and referred to US Navy operations in the waters off the Korean peninsula that included three aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines that he said “we hope to God we never have to use.”
“I think we’re making a lot of progress. I think we’re showing great strength. I think they understand we have unparalleled strength. There has never been strength like it,” he said during a joint news conference with South Korea’s President Moon Jae In.
But he would not elaborate on whether he was pursuing direct one-on-one talks with North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s government.
“I don’t like talking about whether I see success or not in a case such as this,” he said. “We like to play our cards a little bit close to the vest.”
Dropping his previous “fire and fury” rhetoric and the “Rocket Man” taunting of the regime’s leader, Trump said North Korea “is a worldwide threat that requires worldwide action.”
“We call on every responsible nation, including China and Russia, to demand that the North Korean regime end its nuclear weapons and its missile programs, and live in peace. As the South Korean people know so well, it’s time to act with urgency and with great determination,” he said in Seoul, which is less than 40 miles from the demilitarized zone marking the border between the two countries.