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Trump says hopes to avoid military option on N. Korea

Trump says hopes to avoid military option on N. Korea”

President Donald Trump said it's not "inevitable" that the United States will wind up in a war with North Korea over its continued development of nuclear weapons, but that military action remains an option.

President Donald Trump downplayed the possibility of military action against North Korea on Thursday, saying such an event is neither inevitable nor preferable. We'll see whether or not he can do it.

Trump, who took office in January, said years of talks between successive US administrations and North Korea have done little to rein in the country.

Trump said that he believed he and Xi are on the same page following what he described as a "very, very frank and very strong phone call".

"If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea", he said.

Trump's comments follow a statement from China's Foreign Ministry detailing the call, which says Xi told Trump China is focused on solving the Korean issue through talks and peaceful means.

Trump made the remarks amid heightened tensions in Northeast Asia and beyond after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday following Pyongyang's test-launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

The Chinese statement cited Trump as saying that the U.S. is deeply concerned about the Korean nuclear issue and that it valued China's "important role" in resolving the problem.

The United States wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers overseas, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The UN approved sanctions on the country less than a month ago, but Mnuchin said Wednesday that additional sanctions are crucial.

It is unclear if China will back further sanctions. The two leaders condemned North Korea's latest provocative and destabilizing action and noted North Korea's current path is unsafe to the world and not in its own interest.



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