Duterte advises Trump to ‘back off’ on North Korea’s nuclear threat
President Rodrigo Duterte has cautioned United States President Donald Trump against playing into the hands of North Korea President Kim Jong Un who has been goading his neighboring countries into starting a nuclear war.
In a press conference Saturday night (or hours before he called Trump), Duterte said he understood why Trump sent out an angry tweet against Kim.
North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017
“President Trump has been really pissed off with the constant barrage over there and even the threatening words. You can really be pissed off with that kind of statement or challenging. But I said do not play into his hands because at the end of the day, whatever you use or say, it’s gonna be a holocaust for all,” said Duterte.
“It would be good for America to just restrain a little bit. And if I were President Trump, I’ll just back out. Not really surrender in retreat but just to let the guy realize that please do not do it,” said Duterte.
Being the more “responsible” country which carries the “bigger stick”, Duterte said he would tell Trump in their phone call to be patient and prudent.
“I am expecting a call actually from President Trump tonight. And who am I to say that, ‘you should stop.’ But I would say just, ‘Mr. President, please see to it that there is no war because my region will suffer immensely.’ The first. The first fallout would be ASEAN, Asia, very near, very dangerous,” he said.
“I’m sure President Trump by now must also have been — is cautioning his military to just maybe hang on there and not to start a — something which they cannot control,” he added.