“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” President Trump told Reuters when asked about continuing nuclear tensions.
Trump said “We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. is willing to talk with Kim Jong-un’s regime, but the talks will involve negotiations over ridding of all their nuclear weapons.
Trump says he has developed a great relationship with Chinese President Xi, and he believes that Xi wants to stay away from violence. “I believe he 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. With that said, he loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it’s possible that he can’t.” Trump said.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration confirmed North Korea as “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.” High priority is placed on economic and diplomatic pressure towards them.
Countries closer to North Korea are taking Kim Jong-un’s threats seriously. Australian prime minister Maclom Turnbull told 3AW radio “There is the possibility and the risk that North Korea could launch an attack on its neighbours.” He also mentioned that Pyongyang has the potential to launch a nuclear attack on surrounding nations and China has not done its part of putting enough pressure on the North Korean regime.
He stated “Their threats can appear sometimes to be theatrical and over the top and they have been the subject of satire but I can assure you that my government takes . . . the threat of North Korea very seriously.”