On Tuesday, during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, President Donald Trump took credit for North Korea’s openness to negotiate nuclear weapons.
After a meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea revealed the rogue regime’s willingness to denuclearize.
“The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize,” a South Korea statement said. “It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed.”
The statement added that North Korea was willing to have a “heartfelt dialogue” with the United States, as well.
During the press conference, a reporter asked if Trump believed North Korea was sincere or just buying time and wondered who deserved credit for its willingness to talk.
“Me,” he joked before adding that no one in the room got his joke.
Trump explained that he believes North Korea is being sincere because of the sanctions the United States has issued and help America has received from China.
“They can do more,” he said, “but I think they’ve done more than certainly, they’ve ever done for our country before.”
He reiterated that China’s been a “big help” but also credited the sanctions which have been very “strong” and “biting.”
“And we don’t want that to happen so, I really believe they are sincere,” Trump explained in relation to a conflict between America and North Korea. “I hope they’re sincere we’re gonna soon find out.”