WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump left open the possibility of military action against North Korea in an interview aired Sunday, adding that he “will not be happy” if Pyongyang conducts another missile test.
“If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy,” Trump said, apparently referring to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, in an interview conducted Saturday with “CBS This Morning.” Asked whether he was threatening military action, Trump said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”
Trump also addressed his thoughts on Kim personally, calling him a “smart cookie.”
“People are saying, ‘Is he sane?’ I have no idea,” Trump said. “I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father.…A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie.”
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