President Donald Trump says the U.S. will “go to the nuclear threshold” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over his nuclear weapons program.
Trump, who met Wednesday with North Koreans in Florida, told reporters he was not seeking a “game-changing war” and was seeking a solution to North Korea’s nuclear threat.
“We are going to go to the [nuclear] threshold.
We are going.
We’re going to get him,” Trump said at the White House, according to a transcript.
The statement did not include details about what Trump was talking about, though it came after a statement by the State Department, which said Kim has been seeking nuclear weapons for years and was likely to “develop the ability to deliver them” in the near future.
Trump was meeting with Kim, who has made threats against the United States in the past, and South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, and a handful of other leaders at the summit.
North Korea has conducted four nuclear tests, and it is widely believed it has mastered a nuclear weapon that can reach the continental United States.
The Trump administration has repeatedly said it is concerned North Korea could strike the U!s continental U. and unleash a nuclear warhead on the East Coast.
But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement Thursday that she would meet with Kim in North Korea on Friday to discuss the situation.
On Wednesday, the State and Defense departments released a joint statement in which they said North Korea “is continuing to test-launch ballistic missiles and conduct nuclear weapons development activities in defiance of U. N. Security Council resolutions, as well as United Nations sanctions, and U. S. commitments.”
The statement said the Trump administration would “continue to work with the international community to prevent North Korea from acquiring a nuclear-capable missile or ICBM capable of delivering a nuclear payload” and urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
A U.K. official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters in a tweet that the White Houses statement was consistent with the Trump government’s position.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Heneghan)