N. Korea 'Essentially Bankrupt': Expert Explains Why Kim Willing to Meet With Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Wednesday night credited President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" on North Korea with creating significant progress toward denuclearization.

"Hats off to Trump and his team for making this a reality," Graham said on "Fox News at Night."

China on Wednesday claimed that North Korea planned to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, with some conditions, after an unprecedented visit from dictator Kim Jong Un.

According to Chinese media, Kim visited China between Sunday and Wednesday.

"The North Korean nuclear program destabilizes the entire world. I hope that Kim Jong Un was told by the Chinese president [that] 'We stand with America. You need to give up your nukes,'" Graham said.

Regarding China's progress in talks, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, "The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan. We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea."

The North Korean leader is expected to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae In in late April and President Trump in May.

Graham also said "the worst mistake" China and North Korea could make when it comes to Trump is trying to "play" him during a meeting.

"[The president] doesn't want a war. He's hopeful that this can result in ending the North Korean nuclear threat, stabilizing that part of the world. I think he's ready to go big," Graham said.

Watch the full discussion above.

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