President Donald Trump said that he will work with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on dealing with the “reckless and brutal regime of North Korea.”
In a joint statement with Moon in the White House Rose Garden, Trump renewed calls for a “determined response” to North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Trump also criticized the isolated nation’s human rights record.
In an Oval Office press availability earlier, the pair said they addressed the escalating crisis over North Korea and trade in another meeting on Thursday night.
Trump said they are in the process of “discussing our frankly many options — we have many options — with respect to North Korea.” The U.S. and South Korea are trying to curb the isolated and defiant nation’s missile and nuclear programs.
The U.S. on Thursday announced new sanctions aiming to put more pressure on North Korea.
Trump also said he seeks a more “equitable deal” for American workers on trade with South Korea, a major U.S. trading partner.