Trump: U.S. military strike would be ‘a very sad day for North Korea’

A U.S. military strike against the regime of dictator Kim Jong Un would be “a very sad day for North Korea,” President Donald Trump said at a news conference Thursday, pointedly leaving such an action on the table while telling reporters that “nothing’s inevitable.”

“Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing’s inevitable. It would be great if something else could be worked out,” Trump said Thursday at a bilateral news conference with the emir of Kuwait. “I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it’s something certainly that could happen. Our military has never been stronger.”

Trump boasted of the uptick in military spending since his inauguration, a campaign promise of his. He told reporters that “each day, new equipment is delivered, new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world, the best anywhere in the world by far. Hopefully, we’re not going to have to use it on North Korea. If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea.”

North Korea has appeared to ramp up its nuclear program in the months since Trump assumed office, testing ballistic missiles that allegedly could hit the mainland…

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