Trump says military action against North Korea “certainly could happen”

In a joint news conference from the White House with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Thursday afternoon, President Trump did not rule out a military response to North Korea’s provocations.

“Military action would certainly be an option,” Mr. Trump said in response to a question from CBS News’s Major Garrett. “Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable.”

Tensions between the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime have been rising over the North’s nuclear testing and missile launches.

“I can tell you that North Korea is behaving badly and it’s got to stop,” Mr. Trump said.

While the president said he “would prefer not going the route of the military,” his administration has threatened to impose increased U.S. sanctions on nations who interact with North Korea.  

Should the U.S. respond to the regime with military action, “It would be a very sad day in North Korea,” Mr. Trump said.  

The president also thanked Kuwait for its leadership and help in fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups. 

Mr. Trump also offered to intercede, should Kuwait reach an impasse in its attempts to mediate between other Gulf states and Qatar, which has been blockaded over its support for extremist groups and close ties with Iran. 

“I would be willing to do so and I think you’d have a deal worked out very quickly,” Mr. Trump said of potential U.S. mediation between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.

But al-Sabah said he is “optimistic that a solution will come in the very near future.” 

“First of all I would like to say there is no problem that cannot be resolved. True, it’s complicated,” al-Sabah said of the Gulf region’s relationship with Qatar. “What is important is that we have stopped any military action,” he later added.

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Al-Sabah: “there is no problem that cannot be resolved”

“First of all I would like to say there is no problem that cannot be resolved. True, it’s complicated,” the emir said of the Gulf region’s relationship with Qatar. He said that Qatar should “join its brothers in the GCC.”

“What is important is that we have stopped any military action,” al-Sabah said.

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