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Clinton: Trump's North Korea Plan Shows He's 'Ill-Prepared'

Presumptive GOP nominee says he'd talk to North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump said he would be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, which would be a drastic shift in U.S. foreign policy. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to keep one eye on her expected general election foe, saying Wednesday that Donald Trump ’s willingness to talk to North Korean leaders shows he is “ill-prepared” to be president.  

Clinton was reacting to this comment the presumptive GOP nominee made about Kim Jong Un in an interview with Reuters : "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”  

Trump has criticized the Obama administration for the deal it cut with Iran over that country’s nuclear program. Kim has been pursuing his own atomic weapon.  

Related: [Nevada Democrats Warn DNC of Violence From Sanders Supporters] The Obama administration, like the George W. Bush administration before it, has stopped short of direct talks with the North Korean regime. But Trump signaled that could change if he wins the White House, which would be one of the biggest swings in U.S. foreign policy in some time.  

“With each new day seems to come new comments from Trump that underscore just how ill-prepared he is to be commander in chief,” Clinton’s campaign said in a statement.  

Clinton also criticized Trump for what she labeled “the dangerous set of [foreign policy] proposals he's already put forward on this campaign.”  

Related: [Trump Loses 3 of 10 GOP Voters in General, Poll Finds] Experts expect Clinton, should she become the 45th president, to continue longstanding American policy toward Pyongyang. And that includes, in large part, leaning on China, North Korea’s lone close ally, to keep it in line.  

Notably, Trump told the news service that’s also part of his plan.  

"At the same time I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China," Trump said.  

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