Trump says military action against North Korea not ‘inevitable’ | World news | The Guardian
Friday, September 8, 2017
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During a press conference the US president said he would prefer not to go the military route with the rogue regime
Donald Trump said military action against North Korea was not “inevitable” in a foreign policy focused press conference with the Emir of Kuwait.
Trump also told reporters “we have very little to do in Syria but kill Isis” and expressed caution about success in the push for the Israel-Palestinian peace process.
Just a few days after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, Trump made clear again that “military action would certainly be an option” to deal with the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. However, he said “nothing’s inevitable” and stated: “I would prefer not going the route of military.”
How does a hydrogen bomb differ from an atomic bomb?
The difference lies in the heart of the bomb. Atomic bombs rely on nuclear fission to produce a blast: atoms of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium are split by neutrons, releasing energy as well as more neutrons – triggering a chain reaction.
Hydrogen bombs incorporate nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. As in an atomic bomb, fission generates neutrons and energy. This energy is used to kick off the fusion of "heavy” types of hydrogen in another part of the bomb. The fusion reaction also releases energy and neutrons, which then trigger further fission reactions. The upshot is a far more powerful blast.
A boosted atomic bomb is a sort of hybrid of the two approaches, using a small quantity of fusion material together with an atomic bomb core. It is not as powerful as a hydrogen bomb.
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Trump did make clear that if military force was used “it will be a very sad day for North Korea”.
The comments came as Trump has continued diplomatic efforts to encourage China, North Korea’s number one trade partner, to pressure the rogue regime to end its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as its nuclear program.
However, when asked if he was willing to tolerate a nuclear but contained North Korea, Trump said he would not negotiate with reporters .
Trump also expressed caution about prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Although he boasted about the “tremendous talent working on that particular transaction”, he once again called it the world’s most complex and difficult deal.
In Trump’s opinion there was some hope for a deal. “I think the Palestinians would like it happen and the Israelis would like to see it happen and when you have two groups that would like to see things happen, good things happen.”
However, he then added: “I think there is a chance there could be peace but then again, I say that a little bit reluctantly.”
The president also weighed in on several other Middle Eastern conflicts during the East Room press conference. Of the ongoing Syrian civil war, Trump said “we have very little to do with Syria other than killing Isis”. He went to brag that his administration had been more successful in the conflict against Isis in eight months than Barack Obama had in years.
Trump also proclaimed his willingness to personally mediate the ongoing crisis between gulf countries and Qatar. “I will be a mediator here in the White House,” Trump said of the ongoing conflict, which has led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with Qatar.