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“I believe he is trying very hard,” Trump said of Xi in the Reuters interview. “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 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.”
Trump suggested that a more troublesome showdown could be in the offing. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” the president said in the Oval Office interview, which was scheduled
The White House invited
American lawmakers to the White House Wednesday for a briefing by the president and his national security team on the standoff. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected Friday to ask the United Nations Security Council to pump up sanctions against North Korea.
The new Republican Administration has said it would consider military action to stamp out the North Korean nuclear threat. The rogue nation is already believed to have missiles that can fire a nuclear device on South Korea, Japan and other close neighbors.
Experts believe that the Kim regime is several years away from producing a rocket that could fire a nuclear warhead on the U.S. mainland.
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U.S. officials have signaled that a military strike remains an option and sent an aircraft carrier and nuclear-powered submarine into the region to demonstrate strength.
But the Trump Administration has suggested that would not be a preferred option and some experts have said that an attack on North Korea would likely lead to a major counter-attack.
“There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to ‘preempt’ its capabilities — nuclear and otherwise — with a ‘surgical’ strike,” Asia scholar
John Delury wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. “Any use of force to degrade its weapons program would start a war, the costs of which would be staggering.” http://www.revengenews.com/