President Trump, in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom he met weeks ago in Florida, has been using Beijing’s leverage to restrain North Korea’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.
In the interview, Trump said neither he nor Xi would be happy if Kim were to conduct a nuclear test, which would be North Korea’s sixth. There were some expectations in April that the hermit kingdom might conduct such a test in connection with observance of a patriotic holiday.
Asked in the CBS interview if a North Korea nuclear test would prompt U.S. military action, Trump replied: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see.”