Trump has demonstrated some ‘flexibility’ on North Korea, says ex – UN secretary-general

President Donald Trump found some “common strategy” with Japan, South Korea and China on his trip to Asia in terms of dealing with North Korea, past US Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told CNBC on Mon.

“While we appreciate this optimum pressure and engagement insurance policy, this time he possesses been showing some good sense of flexibility in addressing this matter. He has proven some possibility of addressing this matter through diplomatic means,” the South Korean diplomat said within an interview with “Power Lunch.”

Trump has been traveling through Asia trying to rally global pressure against North Korea’s nuclear system, among other things.

During a speech delivered in South Korea the other day, Trump named North Korean head Kim Jong Un a “tyrant.” Kim’s federal government responded by phoning Trump an “old lunatic.”

Ban believes the only way to manage North Korea is through diplomatic means.

“There is no military solution,” he said. “Military means sometimes could be effective for a while being but it’s not sustainable. You have observed such conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Syria.”

He is also optimistic that the sanctions against North Korea will work.

Chinese President Xi Jinping “has made it clear that they will faithfully implement the Security Council resolution, and it appears that they are now carrying it out. That’s why North Korea recently offers been criticizing China by phoning them labels,” he said. “That means the sanctions seem to be to be working.”

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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