President Donald Trump did not rule out the possibility of military action against North Korea, if the country pursues its nuclear weapons program.
In an interview with CBS News’s John Dickerson Trump said he would not be pleased if North Korea takes that step.
“He’s going to have to do what he has to do. But he understands we’re not going to be very happy,” Trump said of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Pressed by Dickerson on whether he means there could be military action, Trump did not confirm, but he also did not deny.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, we’ll see.”
The president also highlighted China’s role in pressuring North Korea and said he has formed a good relationship with President Xi Jinping.
Trump’s comments come at a time when North Korea continues to flex its military muscles, including with missiles that are, theoretically, powerful enough to reach the United States.
Meanwhile, conflicting ideas on how to deal with the threat from North Korea have emerged from Washington and China.