Rodrigo Duterte says someone should talk to Kim Jong Un

Duterte says someone should talk to Kim Jong Un

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Duterte says someone should talk to Kim Jong Un

Monday, October 30, 2017

MANILA. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he addresses troops during change of command and tribute to retiring Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. (AP)

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte said someone should talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to convince him nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country.

"A nuclear war is totally unacceptable to everybody," Duterte said Sunday, October 29, before flying to Japan, where he is on a two-day visit. "And somebody has to talk to Kim Jong Un."

Duterte said North Korea's nuclear threat is among issues he will discuss with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and with President Donald Trump when Trump visits Manila next month.

He suggested the US, Japan, South Korea, and others assure Kim nobody is threatening him and to ask him to stop threatening a nuclear attack.

"It would be good if America, Japan, Korea, and Mr. Kim Jong Un talk and to convince him to sit down on a round table and just tell him that nobody's threatening him, that there will be no war, and that if he can just tone down or stand down, stop the threats, and that would be the same for America," he added.

The one single country that can calm down Kim is China, Duterte added during his pre-departure news conference in southern Davao City. (AP)

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