President Donald Trump remains focused on denuclearization, not regime change, in North Korea, the White House spokeswoman said on Thursday.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump remains focused on denuclearization, not regime change, in North Korea, the White House spokeswoman said on Thursday. "This administration is focused on one big thing when it comes to North Korea, and that's denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That's our number one priority," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said when asked if the administration was advocating regime change. "Anything beyond that is not the priority at this point," she added. Her comments come after Trump, in a Tweet, delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called "Little Rocket Man" and a "sick puppy" after North Korea test-fired its most advanced missile to date on Wednesday. Trump's tweets further inflamed tensions reignited this week after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile in a "breakthrough" that put the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons whose warheads could withstand re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.