Trump: China’s Happy US Doesn’t Have To Go With The ‘Ominous Alternative’ On North Korea

Ryan Pickrell | China/Asia Pacific Reporter

President Donald Trump said Saturday that Beijing is pleased with Washington’s decision to pursue a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis, as opposed to the “ominous alternative.”

The president spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday, according to the White House. The call followed a shocking announcement Thursday that Trump intends to meet face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to address the rogue regime’s illegal nuclear program.

The details of the president’s meeting with the North Korean leader are still being sorted out.

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The Trump administration has continuously pressured China to rein in its nuclear neighbor, and China has taken steps to reduce bilateral trade and cut business ties, putting unprecedented pressure on the North’s economy. Trump has at times expressed frustration with China’s feet dragging, but he appears to be satisfied with China’s current behavior.

The president also spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, who is apparently “enthusiastic about talks with North Korea.”

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