President Donald Trump is "playing it right" with his stance on negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday.
"He would like to do it, but if it doesn't work out, we will keep the sanctions on," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"The problem is Kim Jong Un, not him. Trump is saying if you want to come and meet and have a chance for your regime to survive, I'll be glad to talk to you. If you don't want to do it, it's fine with me."
Gingrich was speaking in response to comments made in Trump made during a Fox and Friends interview airing, when the president said he'd like to see the denuclearization of North Korea take place immediately but admitted a "phase-in may be necessary."
Trump also told show co-host Brian Kilmeade that "we will see what happens" concerning whether the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will still take place in Singapore on June 12.
"Right now we are looking at it, talking about it," he said. "We have certain conditions. We will see what happens. There is a good chance. And it would be a great thing for North Korea if that happens, it will be a great thing for north Korea. Most importantly, it would be a great thing for the world. We will see what happens."
It's important the meeting be held, Gingrich said, even if that means agreeing to phasing in the nuclear disarmament.
"North Korea has enough weapons aimed at Seoul, the biggest city in South Korea, that they can hundreds of thousands of people the first day without nuclear weapons," said Gingrich. "You have to be very careful about a war. [That's the] last thing you want."
Trump has ratcheted up the pressure on North Korea and "made it very real," Gingrich added.
"I actually thought that Secretary [Mike] Pompeo's speech about the Iranians was also aimed at the North Koreans," said Gingrich, referring to an address earlier this week during which the secretary of state made several warnings to Iran over its actions.
"It was a very tough speech and said basically we're going to take apart your economy," said Gingrich.
"A reminder to the North Koreans, if you don't want to play nice, fine, we are bigger than you. We will not play very nice either."
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