WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump credited his own diplomatic work for North Korea’s willingness to hold nuclear talks with the U.S., in a joint press conference with the prime minister of Sweden Tuesday.
Asked what he believed was the impetus for North Korea’s Tuesday offer to hold nuclear talks, he replied, “Me.” When his remark received only a few chuckles, he remarked, “Nobody got that.”
“I think they are sincere, but I think they’re sincere also because the sanctions and what we’re doing with respect to North Korea, including, you know, the great help that we’ve been given with China. And they can do more, but I think they have done more than certainly they’ve ever done for our country before. So China has been a big help. I think that’s been a factor. But the sanctions have been very, very strong. Very biting. And we don’t want that to happen. I really believe they are sincere. I hope they are sincere. We’re going to soon find out.”