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Donald Trump would speak with North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump says he'd be willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- a sharp departure from current U.S. policy toward the reclusive Asian nation.

Tal Kopan reports for CNN: The main GOP nominee yesterday said he would try to negotiate with Kim to try to stop the country's nuclear program.

"I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Trump said.

He also added that he would continue pressuring on China to put more pressure on North Korea to change its ways.

"At the same time I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China," he said in the wide-ranging interview.

A senior South Korean Foreign Ministry official commented this:

"Both the Republic of Korea and the United States are firm in their position that the issue of North Korean denuclearization should be the priority in any dialogue with North Korea.

"North Korea should stop making threats and provocations and show sincere willingness to denuclearize," the spokesperson, who was not named, added.

China is one of the few countries that engages with North Korea and is its big partner. 

The comments represent a sharp turn from the way the U.S. currently approaches Pyongyang. The U.S. still don`t have any formal diplomatic relations with the country and uses the Swedish embassy when necessary.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has also suffered from the most comprehensive sanctions of any nation in the world. The U.S. accused many times North Korea of human rights abuses, ballistic missile launches, and nuclear ambitions.

Five world and Asian powers tried to open talks with North Korea about the nuclear program for years, they have never risen to the presidential level and have not resulted in much success.

Emissaries also visited North Korea with the mission of rescuing detained Americans in the totalitarian country.

Former President Bill Clinton did travel to North Korea in 2009 and met with Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, to secure the release of detained American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

Obama himself also famously campaigned in 2008 on being willing to talk to leaders of U.S. enemies. He has followed up by shaking hands with Cuba's Raul Castro and spoken with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. But his administration has not followed suit with North Korea and in fact deepened the isolation of the nation.

Trump's likely general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, was quick to jump on the remarks, putting out a statement from her top foreign policy adviser slamming Trump.

"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?" Jake Sullivan said. "His approach to foreign policy makes no sense for the rest of us."

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

 

 

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