Trump Warns There Is A Chance Of "A Major, Major Conflict" With North Korea

Tyler Durden's picture

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..

"I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi"

 

"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."

Still, as Reuters notes, just a day after he and his top national security advisers briefed U.S. lawmakers  declaring North Korea "an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority;"  and one day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press the United Nations Security Council on sanctions to further isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, it's clear where this could lead...

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely."

U.S. officials said military strikes remained an option but played down the prospect, though the administration has sent an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region in a show of force.

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BaBaBouy's picture

Major Major Policy Failures... Thump Needs a New Woar ...

The Juggernaut's picture

This swamp is the same as the old swamp.

BaBaBouy's picture

WOW... He's Got A special "Coke Button" !!!

""Trump, sipping a Coke delivered by an aide after the president ordered it by pressing a button on his desk, appeared to rebuff an overture from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen""

abyssinian's picture

Can't one of these district judges block NK from firing missles? Seems like these district judges in the US have all the power in the world to do whatever the F they want. 

general ambivalent's picture

With all that power you'd think they'd just let them eat chocolate cake.

J S Bach's picture

I can't believe I'm typing this, but I actually felt safer under Obongo than the deadly Agent Orange.

Schlump's picture

Bring back the Clintons. Anything is better than Humpty Trumpty

I hope you 'Murkans have your potassium iodide tablets handy. Do you know where your nearest bunker is?

Déjà view's picture

Phat Farm Boy been very quiet recently...

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Vietnam & Iraq would pale comparing with what's gonna develop in the Korean Peninsula areal. 

beemasters's picture

"I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi.
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."

Putin doesn't seem to be excited with the grim prospect of death and turmoil either.And North Korea is merely trying to defend itself. Only western nations (behind it all, Israel) are calling for or instigating more wars.

MillionDollarButter's picture

There are no half measures on a war with NK.  Shit's gonna escalate.

jeff montanye's picture

well here's a half measure that would allow israel to stop worrying so much about some people hating them so badly they want to, say, put an n.k. suitcase bomb in tel aviv:

http://time.com/4675067/israel-palestinians-one-state-solution-trump/

Manthong's picture

OK, like wow

Pot Belly Jr. is strangely quiet now.

China, Russia and US breathing down his throat…

 

Not a problem, right?

Manthong's picture

So you think the satellite imagery shows dark space there now?

Wait until after the big glow and how dark it becomes.

Manthong's picture

You know,

We have not dropped a nuke on Orientals for quite a few years now.

Kim less than Un might want to contemplate that.

land_of_the_few's picture

They should switch the lights on in the Hague too and get some rope ready.

They did it at Landsberg Prison, they can do it again.

Too late for Reagan, of course. Paging Judge Baltasar Garzon ......

land_of_the_few's picture

But what about that trade war with Samsung on Apple's behalf. That's going to have to go on hold goddamn it.

By the way, why would South Koreans buy Chinese-made iPhones anyway? When seemingly they have some kind of alternative ....Huawei! :D

BarkingCat's picture

Indeed beemasters.

If there is a millitary conflict with North Korea the aggressor will not be North Korea.

They are just like a porcupine. A little animal that when scared tries to make itself look bigger than it really is and puts up some stingy defense.

A dog may attack it and give up after feeling some pain but it may also continue attacking and while suffering only minor injuries, kill the animal.

Orc from Mordor's picture

Just tell us how many starred&striped coffins you need packed and sent back to the US to start a turmoil in DC and beat the fuck out of your establisment. We quite understand you can't start it without a good many coffins, so just tell the number. We share a border with North Korea, just in case you forgot it.

popeye's picture

Don't worry, there will be no war until Trump is told there is to be war.

Battlefield USA's picture

Pale? Not even in the same league. It will be fast, explosive, destructive, and deadly.

 

And for all the Trump emoting over Xi, China is out for China. Read some China online web-sites. Xi is not happy with Trumps posturing. Neither is Russia. If this thing kicks off, Trump better pray that China and Russia don't decide to put a quick end to Trumps insanity.

yogibear's picture

This is very bad.

Not what the nation's founders wanted.

The deep-state owns Trump. God help us all.

 

Mpizzie's picture

6 day bot, I mean member.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Any war against the Mericans will be won within 2 weeks by fighting it out in Merica.

Multi Trillion weapon systems vs.10 box cutters @ $8.99/each. remember?

 

 

 

Sages wife's picture

Amen brother, the next american war will be a home game; picture that if you dare.

undertow1141's picture

Well at minimum the dumbest Americans (city dwellers) by far, will be the biggest targets for any kind of first strike. It will squash one of my pesky problems.

jeff montanye's picture

should have bought them at the dollar store.

another sign of clandestine funding?

cheka's picture

in the past nyc.dc cut n korea big checks for playing their role.  this is looking like same same

Mr 9x19's picture

actually a war is a good thing, it gives the mankind a reason for the total purge and once it's all done the population as crumbled, full jobs time for the remainers.

 

yep, i am totally a pro total war, even if i do not make it thru, it is a one way to pass the 21 century

earleflorida's picture

bulimia?

that's, 'mother natures' job!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Obama was a shake down artist. Clinton was a war-mongering shake down artist. Everyone will be fine.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Trump has to stand or fall on his own actions, but it is Obama (and Clinton) who got matters to this point.

jeff montanye's picture

straight back to 9-11 if not jfk.  trump is helping to make the contours of the deep state better known, whether he means to or not.

tulsi in 2020.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

agent orange thats a good one
got me laughing tnx

TeraByte's picture

No one can, but one of them may come with a surprise, declare THAAD unconstitutional and block launchings.

land_of_the_few's picture

There already have been South Koreans rioting about it. They are not best pleased by all of this.

IntTheLight's picture

Good. Screw the South Koreans. Pull our troops out now! Let the Asians deal with this. Not our problem.

leavelawbehind's picture

Amend the constitution and formalize Iustralia rule of the United States!

espirit's picture

Bollocks.

Moar Kabuki Theater.

Look! Squirrel!

 

bruno_the's picture

More like a magician show.  Look there while Israel and frends start bombing Syria or Iran. Or the remaining parts of Palestine. Kushner will pull one from his slleve.

Sir Edge's picture

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Dear America, 

.........Look Here... Yes... Look Over Here... See That...See It... We are almost at war with North Korea... Moments away...

annnnnnnnnnnnnnd... 

another Syrian missile attack, or Syrian Sanctions... or another Syrian False Flag... is what is going to happen... 

Common everybody... do you remember the ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola, ebola... Non Stop news... You know what was left when that ebola fake scare went up in smoke... what was left was... wait for it...

The rise of an arab army of ISIS as an army from NoWhere... who attacked... other Arab states... mainly Syria... Pay attention to the Tribe Behind The Curtain and everything will get less confusing...

Ask yourself... Who run Barter Town... Who Runs Google, NYTimes, Facebook, Wikipedia, Fed Reserve, Hollywood, Congress, ... when you can raise your IQ by answering that question correctly with ease... then there is hope fer ya laddie...

 Wait For It... If You Know WHO is running the show you know what is happening admist the fog of BS that blasts out of the MSM from DC all day long.. a constant game of distraction...

EBOLA !!! - POOF !!! 

 Stop the Anti American Actions of the Tribe... Stop the Anti-Gentile Actions of The Tribe... Stop the Anti Saxon Actions of The Tribe...

Stop The Anti Saxonism now... No more Anti Saxonism... 

 

America First...

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Ebola didn't go away, the MSM was told to stop reporting on it.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Bird flu, swine flu, zika, it's the latest narrative and a way to scare uneducated people into free vaccines at your walgreens.

cheka's picture

nice.  'america' first?  is america code for that terrist state in the mid east?

jeff montanye's picture

bust 9-11 or stop complaining.

Erek's picture

Who is "the man behind the curtain"? The "man" is actually a woman.

Research the Royal Institute of International Affairs and The Commitee of 300.

Educate yourself - know what is happening, why it is happening and how it is happening.