United States presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he is willing to speak with North Korean leader about Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
The Republican candidate said that he “would have no problem speaking” to the leader of the isolated nation.
Trump also said that he would talk to China–North Korea’s only major backer–to help him find a solution. “I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China,” he said in an interview.
These plans is in contrast to President Barack Obama’s policy of relying on senior U.S. officials to talk with North Korea.
Obama has not personally talked to Kim, but his administration said that it has been willing to resume talks with Pyongyang, but only if they give up their nuclear weapons. What happened, however, did not work, as Kim even did two nuclear tests since he became the country’s leader four years ago.
The chairman of Trump’s national security advisers Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, has highlighted Trump’s experience as a businessman, saying that the presidential candidate “understands is power and opportunity.”
“I believe there’s nobody that’s run for president in years who understands how to negotiate more effectively than Donald Trump and I do believe he will not be disadvantaged by Kim Jong Il (Un) or anybody in North Korea,” said Sessions in an interview.
“I think it’s unlikely that a good result would come out of it, but to attempt something like that may be worth the effort.”
Trump was criticised by Hillary Clinton adviser Jake Sullivan, pointing out that these plans came after the recent comments on British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“Let me get this straight: Donald Trump insults the leader of our closest ally, then turns around and says he’d love to talk to Kim Jong Un?” said Sullivan, adding that Trump “seems to have a bizarre fascination with foreign strongmen like Putin and Kim. But his approach to foreign policy makes no sense for the rest of us.”