August 16, 2017 / 12:03 PM / 2 years ago

Trump praises North Korean leader for 'wise' decision

U.S. President Donald Trump departs from the White House to travel to New York, in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised Kim Jong Un, the leader of the North Korea, on Wednesday for delaying a decision on attacking against the U.S. territory of Guam and pausing an escalation in tensions between the two countries.

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”

(This version of the story corrects day to Wednesday, not Tuesday, in first paragraph)

Reporting by Makini Brice

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