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Greenland Leader Reiterates Island Not for Sale

Greenland's leadership is reiterating that the island is not for sale. Greenland's leadership is reiterating that the island is not for sale. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Associated Press
Updated: August 20, 2019 04:28 PM

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Greenland has again stolen the limelight when its premier reiterated that the world's largest island is "not for sale" after U.S. President Donald Trump floated the idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic.

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At a meeting Tuesday in Iceland of the Nordic government leaders, Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen told The Associated Press that Trump's idea "is not something to joke about." Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has called Trump's musing "an absurd discussion."

The meeting in Iceland ended with the signature of a text on climate change involving both the public and private sectors. German Chancellor Angela Merkel later joined the event.

Trump, who is set to visit Denmark early next month, had added that buying Greenland is not a priority of his administration.

Over the weekend, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow confirmed that Trump "wants to take a look at" buying Greenland.

Kudlow told "Fox News Sunday" that he won't predict what might happen, but he called Greenland - which is situated between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans - "a strategic place" with "a lot of valuable minerals."

The U.S. military has operated for decades from Thule Air Base in Greenland. The northern-most U.S. base is part of the military's global network of radars and other sensors to provide ballistic missile warning and space surveillance.

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