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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Sunday defended U.S. President Donald Trump's "blunt talk" as helpful for solving the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear issue, but she also acknowledged that foreign diplomats were "surprised" by Trump's remarks.
"It's helping the world to now better understand exactly where we stand, and let folks know there will be consequences," said Nauert in an interview with AM 970 The Answer, a radio program. "We will hold them (DPRK) to account."
Trump on Tuesday threatened in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly that the United States "will have no choice than to totally destroy" the country if forced to defend itself or its allies.
Nauert acknowledged on Saturday that other world leaders were not necessarily used to the language used by Trump.
"I think some of the other nations are a little bit surprised by the president's plain-spokenness," said Nauert. "Here in the U.S., we think of that as a good thing... but these diplomats aren't necessarily used to that kind of blunt talk."
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