Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump says North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a 'pretty smart cookie'

Melissa Porter | 03 May, 2017, 11:17

He said North Korea posed "a grave threat", not just to the USA and its Asian allies, but also to China.

"People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea".

Trump answered by referring to how Kim took his father's place at a relatively early age, and how Kim consolidated his power by killing family members and various generals who threatened his supremacy.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the regime "poses a grave threat to the United States, our great allies in the region, South Korea and Japan.but also to China and others".

'It is a chess game.

It says that unless Washington ends its "hostile policy" and nuclear threats, North Korea "will continue to bolster its military capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive nuclear attack" despite "manifold difficulties".

"And I can tell you also, I don't believe the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either".

Trump also made the distinction that "this was a small missile, this was not a big missile" while suggesting that Chinese President Xi Jinping's pressure on North Korea may have led to the test being downscaled.

"It's hard to separate what Trump says and what he does".

Separately, Mr Trump's national security adviser, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, said North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the global community".

Mr. Trump said he thinks "that China does have reasonably good powers over North Korea" - maybe not "ultimate" powers, "but pretty good powers", he said.

President Donald Trump sat down with CBS News' John Dickerson for an interview on his 100th day in office.

"This regime that is pursuing the weaponisation of a missile with a nuclear weapon".

The US military has moved an aircraft carrier strike group into the region, docked a powerful nuclear submarine in South Korea and staged large military drills with South Korea and Japan.

"This is something that we know we can not tolerate", McMaster said.

When pressed on if being "not happy" would mean military action, Trump demurred.

North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they are seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the U.S. mainland. So eventually, he will have a better delivery system.

Francis says he would urge them to use diplomacy and negotiation "because it's the future of humanity".