Trump has shown some ‘flexibility’ on North Korea, says former UN secretary-general

President Donald Trump shares a toast during a state dinner hosted by South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea November 7, 2017.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

President Donald Trump shares a toast during a state dinner hosted by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea November 7, 2017.

During a speech delivered in South Korea last week, Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “tyrant.” Kim’s government responded by calling Trump an “old lunatic.”

Ban believes the only way to deal with North Korea is usually through diplomatic means.

“There is usually no military solution,” he said. “Military means sometimes may be effective for a time being although of which’s not sustainable. You have seen such cases in Iraq in addition to also Afghanistan in addition to also in Syria.”

He is usually also optimistic of which the sanctions against North Korea are working.

Chinese President Xi Jinping “has made of which clear of which they will faithfully implement the Security Council resolution, in addition to also of which seems of which they are right now doing of which. of which’s why North Korea recently has been criticizing China by calling them names,” he said. “of which means the sanctions seem to be working.”

— The Associated Press contributed to This kind of report.

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