Trump wants South Korea to pay for the THAAD anti missile defense system
Apr 28, Washington DC: The U.S. President Donald Trump has said that major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, however 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.
He also said that he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis and that he and his administration are emphasizing by preparing a variety of new economic sanctions while not taking the military option off the table.
Meanwhile, he also stated that he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul.
Asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the pact, Trump said: “Very soon. I’m announcing it now.”
Similarly, Trump further stated that the Chinese president "certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death"."He is a very good man and I got to know him very well,"said Trump who met Mr Xi earlier this month ."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," he said.
The Oslo Times International News Network