President Donald Trump revealed what could end up happening in the tense standoff between the U.S. and North Korea in a new interview.
"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” Trump told Reuters. “Absolutely.”
Trump clarified that he still prefers to come to a diplomatic resolution with North Korea, but added achieving that with Kim Jong-un’s regime is “very difficult.”
The president said he has gotten to know Chinese President Xi Jinping “very well” in his first 100 days in the White House and indicated he doesn’t want to see the situation in North Korea get out of control.
"I believe he is trying very hard,” Trump told Reuters. “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.”
However, Trump also admitted that it’s possible President Xi won’t be able to reign in North Korea in the end.
When asked if he believes Kim Jong-un is “rational,” Trump responded:
"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."
President Trump and Kim Jong-un have spent the last week trading tough warnings of military action, with North Korea going as far as to threaten to attack the United States with a nuclear weapon in response to any act of aggression.