President Trump says that while he would like to resolve the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program diplomatically, it will be hard and there is a potential for a major clash with the Asian nation, Trump said in an interview with Reuters.
“There’s a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely,” the president told the news agency. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
Asked whether he sees Kim Jong Un’s regime as his biggest international concern, Trump replied, “Yes, I would say that’s true, yes. … North Korea would be certainly that.”
“I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it,” Trump said. “He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.”
He added, “With that being 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.”
Following the failed test, Trump tweeted Friday that the Kim regime was acting in direct defiance of China.
During the Reuters interview, Trump “suggested that he wants to stay on China’s good side, in order to get its help with North Korea,” NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing. “He’s just the latest U.S. president to bash China on the campaign trail, only to change his tune once in office.”