Looks bad, war everywhere
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,”
While emoting sympathy for Kim Jong Un’s situation, President Trump told Reuters, during a lengthy interview ahead of his 100th day in office, that he’d “love to solve things diplomatically,” but warned that “there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.”
Putting a somewhat human face on the North Korean leader, President Trump had an interesting response when asked by Reuters if he considered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be rational…
“He’s 27 years old. His father dies, 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.“
And that is perhaps why he stil holds out hope for a path that avoids the military option…
“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,”
Emphasizing the possibility of new sanctions, and in particular leverage from China..
Just 2 days ago….
Trump administration to brief full US Congress on North Korea policy
- Trump administration invited full U.S. Congress to briefing on North Korea policy on Wednesday.
- Lawmakers expect to hear a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat.
U.S. lawmakers want to leave briefings on North Korea on Wednesday with something many think has been absent in the Trump administration so far: a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat.
As a standoff escalated over the reclusive Asian nation’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to attend the session with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.