Although we may be breathing a sigh of relief after another week has passed without thermonuclear war breaking out in Asia, President Trump is not quite ready to break out the champagne.
The situation in North Korea is a complicated one, at best. The small and secretive nation has been posturing for a place on the world stage for decades, using their supposed nuclear technology as the bartering chip for international respect. Now, after openly defying the United States and her allies in recent weeks, many believe that the globe’s relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is turning ugly, and it is only a matter of time before the diminutive dictator ups the ante.
U.S. President Donald Trump is one of those people who believe that North Korea may be too far gone, in terms of diplomatic solutions to their aggressive behavior are concerned, and he is playing the part of the realist in his outlook for future relations with the hermit kingdom.
“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.
“Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path that he and his administration are emphasizing by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table.
“’We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,’ he said.
“Trump lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in North Korea. The two leaders met in Florida earlier this month.
“’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.'”
Trump has recently deployed a U.S. Navy strike group to the waters off of the Korean Peninsula, led by the USS Carl Vinson, that was meant to deter Kim from furthering his rhetoric. While that has certainly not been the result, due to the “supreme” leader’s total lack of respect for global authorities, it has led other nations in the region to join the U.S. in a show of force. Not only has Japan sent its own warships to accompany the USS Carl Vinson, both China and Russia have been fortifying their border with the despotic regime in the event of a conflict.