U.S. President Donald Trump (R) attends a joint press conference with visiting Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Sept. 7, 2017. Trump said on Thursday that he would be willing to mediate an ongoing dispute between Qatar and other Middle East countries. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that military action against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was not inevitable.
"Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing is inevitable," said Trump here during his joint press conference with visiting Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Trump also warned that while he would prefer "not going the route of the military," military action against the DPRK was something that "certainly could happen."
One day before his remarks, Trump told reporters on his way to Bismarck, North Dakota that military action against the DPRK was "not a first choice."
The DPRK on Sunday detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile, DPRK's Central Television announced.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated Tuesday that the solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue must be "political," stressing that "the potential consequences of military action are too horrific."
China's permanent representative to the United Nations Liu Jieyi on Monday condemned the latest nuclear test by the DPRK and urged the country to return to the track of dialogue.
China will not allow chaos and war on the Korean Peninsula, he said.
Liu said the suspension-for-suspension proposal and dual-track approach put forward by China together with the Russian proposal of a step-by-step approach is a realistic and feasible roadmap for the settlement of the issue, asking the relevant parties for due consideration and positive responses.