The president said Tuesday that he has no intention of ending the trade war between the U.S. and North Korea, and said he wants them to make peace, but not “give up” on the nuclear weapons.
Trump made the remarks while visiting the United Nations General Assembly, saying that he wants North Korea to end the nuclear arms race and to end their pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
But he said he is not yet ready to “give in” to the North Koreans demands to “take down” the U and South Korean flags, calling it a “disgrace.”
“I think it would be a disgrace, but I’m not ready,” Trump said during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“I think there’s a lot of things that could happen that we’ll have to figure out.”
Trump said he and Abe agreed that the North Korean regime should not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, but they also said that the regime should stop its nuclear weapons program.
“I do think it’s important that the DPRK understands that we’re not going to give up on the Korean Peninsula, that we’ve got to maintain our nuclear weapons and we’ve had a tremendous amount of success in that,” Trump told reporters.
“They’ve been very cooperative, very supportive.
We’ve had tremendous success in keeping their nuclear weapons.”
Trump, who had said earlier that he was not ready for “giving in” on North Korea’s demands, also said the U, South Korea and Japan “are ready to work” with the U .
S. to protect their interests in the region.
But North Korea has been angered by Trump’s repeated threats to take the country out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, and to halt the country’s weapons program, which it has threatened to do.
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted the landmark U.N. resolution last month requiring North Korea and other nations to stop developing nuclear weapons or face U.K.-based sanctions.
“The time has come to take North Korea out of [the] Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty, and we will not back down,” Trump stated during the press conference.