Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE said on Wednesday that, if elected president, he wouldn’t launch a preemptive strike to destroy North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. 

The United States should instead put pressure on China to keep the regime in Pyongyang in check, Trump asserted.


The GOP presidential front-runner said in an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” that China, North Korea’s closest ally, should take a lead role in addressing the isolated nation's nuclear arsenal.

“They have total control, so China has to get involved,” Trump said. “And we should put pressure on China to solve that problem.”

Trump added that, if the Chinese did not help reach a satisfactory outcome, “we should be very tough on [China] on trade.”

The real estate mogul also blasted U.S. leaders for not being tough enough on China generally. 

“We have great power over China. We just don’t know how to use it,” he said.

Trump made the comments in the wake of claims from North Korea that it had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb. The seismic activity occurred about 30 miles from the nation’s main nuclear testing site.

But the White House expressed skepticism over North Korea’s claim. Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said that an “initial analysis” conducted by U.S. and international officials “is not consistent with the North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test.”