President Donald Trump warned on Thursday that the threat of a conflict with North Korea is still a possibility. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters, adding, “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
Calling North Korea his biggest global challenge, Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for helping to rein in the communist dictator, Kim Jong-un.
“I believe [Xi] is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well,” said Trump, adding that Xi loves his country, but the situation with North Korea could well be futile. “I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it’s possible that he can’t.”
On Friday, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson plans to push the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions which would further isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration declared that North Korea is “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.” They’ve sent an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region to make it clear to the dictator that America means business.
Trump did express compassion for the young dictator, noting, “He’s 27 years old. His father dies, [he] took over a regime. So, say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age. I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational,” he said.
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