Politics Trump team braces for North Korea 'event'

23:40  14 april  2017
23:40  14 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a “big event ,” possibly some kind of nuclear test.

US President Donald Trump hit the golf course on Friday [Saturday NZ Time], as he and his aides braced for what North Korea called a "big event ", possibly some kind of nuclear test. US President Donald Trump and his team believe North Korea is planning a nuclear test for the weekend.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event," possibly some kind of nuclear test.

Administration officials said they are hopeful that China can dissuade its communist neighbor from conducting a nuclear explosion or a missile test.

"I think China has really been working very hard," Trump told reporters Thursday, later adding that "we'll see how it goes."

Trump also said:"North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of."

The president, who is spending Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., has no public events on his schedule Friday. He spent part of the day at Trump International Golf Club.

Trump says North Korea problem "will be taken care of"

  Trump says North Korea problem U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Pyongyang is a problem that "will be taken care of," as speculation rose that North Korea might be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test. Trump, responding to a question about what his message is for North Korea, said, "North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of."He said he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping would "work very hard" to help resolve the challenge. The president said he had spent a lot of time with Xi last week in Florida."I have really gotten to like and respect President Xi. ... He's a very special man. I think he's going to try very hard.

President Trump (Photo: Spencer Platt). 738 CONNECTTWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE. WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event ," possibly some kind of nuclear test.

WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event ," possibly some kind of nuclear test.

Meanwhile, the North Koreans accused Trump of fomenting tensions in the region with tactics that range from "aggressive" tweets to this week's movement of a U.S. strike carrier group into the region.

"We will go to war if they choose," North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said.

Kim Jong Un's government has pledged "a big and important event" for Saturday, the 105th anniversary birthday of the country's founder Kim Il-sung, the current president's grandfather. In recent years, it has marked the date with rocket and missile tests.

U.S. officials said they suspect North Korea is planning another underground nuclear test.

North Korea was the prime topic of a recent phone call and summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful supporter of North Korea.

American and Chinese officials have discussed the possibility of cutting off oil imports in response to more nuclear provocations from North Korea.

The Global Times, a periodical in China, editorialized this week that, if necessary, it would approve of "severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North."

Trump and aides have said the United States will address the North Korea on its own if China doesn't.

"If China can help us do that, it'll be great," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. "And if not, we'll go and handle that ourselves with our allies."

Trump: Nuclear war ‘always’ a concern with North Korea .
"It's a very, very tricky situation," he said."Look, you always have to be concerned," he told CNN's Wisconsin affiliate WTMJ. "You don't know exactly who you're dealing with.

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