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President Donald Trump appears to be walking back on threats to take imminent military action against North Korea and is opting for a policy of “strategic patience”, according to a report in Korea JoongAng Daily. The report quotes a South Korean lawmaker who just visited Washington.

Joseph Yun, the US special representative for North Korea policy, briefed a bipartisan group of visiting South Korean legislators on the Trump administration’s so-called comprehensive approach toward Pyongyang, Rep. Kim Kwan-young of the People’s Party told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

JoongAng Daily says the US approach is made up of four main strategies: not recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state, imposing every possible sanction, not seeking a regime change and ultimately resolving the problem with dialogue.

Trump was said to have signed off on a comprehensive policy report by the US State Department, which underwent review by related agencies about two weeks ago, Kim said he learned from the briefing with Yun.

JoongAng Daily said Kim was accompanied by Democratic Party representatives Youn Kwan-suk and So Byung-hoon and Liberty Korea Party representative Jun Hee-kyun.

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