Trump says Washington is not “at war” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying that he and his team are “doing our best” to solve the crisis.
Trump was asked about the escalating tensions between the two countries on Saturday.
“I have been doing my best to try to solve this problem, and I think it’s a very, very difficult situation,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
“We are working very hard on that.
But, as you know, we’ve had a lot of talks.
And we’ve talked about it a lot,” Trump said.
Trump said that he has spoken with North Koreans numerous times, and that “they’re trying very hard” to resolve the crisis, but he added that the US “would be at a very disadvantage if we had to go through with it.”
“So, we’re doing our best to solve it.
But it’s very difficult.
And it’s something that we’re working very, much harder than anybody else,” Trump added.”
So I have spoken to him.
We’re doing very, we are working hard on this,” he said.”
But we’re going to do it in a very smart way.”
The US has been conducting a “very, very intensive” dialogue with North Koreas leaders, as the country’s leader Kim is believed to have expressed interest in negotiating a peaceful resolution.
The US, South Korea and Japan are all conducting annual military exercises.
“We’re trying to work out the details and figure out how we can solve this,” Trump told Stephanopoulos.
“I think that it’s going to be a very difficult problem, very hard to solve,” he added.