"We may have a meeting with Putin", he said.
A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates that as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 USA citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula. "And that's very important to me", Trump told reporters.
Recent drills over South Korea by two United States strategic bombers have further raised tensions.
"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities... every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared Trump. Earlier in the day, North Korea warned Donald Trump to refrain from any "irresponsible remarks", the France press reported.More news: AJ Green, Jalen Ramsey ejected for fighting in Bengals-Jags game
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A U.S. ground invasion of North Korea could cost "millions" of lives, a new military report has predicted amid growing tensions between the United States and the hermit nation.
His administration also planned to take a different approach to dealing with the issue after years of what he termed "total weakness", although he did not give any details. It's a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved, ' he said.
"Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the "'best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'" should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the USA would have of a North Korean attack.
Meanwhile, South Korea has also begun tightening its measures against the Pyongyang by implementing sanctions against 18 North Koreans. With North Korea's defeat - but at what cost?,' Givens said.
'There is only one way that this war ends. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the USA trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss.