NKorean leader's desire for peace a deciding factor

Trump's comments, which misquoted a segment on Monday's "Fox & Friends", come as North Korea has ratcheted-up its rhetoric against the U.S. North Korea's vice foreign minister said his country is ready to go to war with the United States if that's what Trump wants, and over the weekend conducted a failed missile test. Trump's comments also follow his missile strike in Syria and the use of the second-largest non-nuclear bomb, dubbed the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan.

President Trump is refusing to say whether the US sabotaged North Korea's launch of ballistic missile that blew up shortly after liftoff Sunday morning.

Trump said, "I don't want to telegraph what I'm doing or what I'm thinking".

"We'll find out", the president said. In contrast with his presidential campaign a year ago, Trump has avoided using taboo labels like "crazy" to describe North Korean leader Kim Jong-un since taking office. President Trump is now dealing with Kim Jong-un, his son.

"You read [Bill] Clinton's book, and he said, 'Oh, we made such a great peace deal, ' and it was a joke", Trump said.

Last week, President Trump said that he hadn't realized how hard it would be to disarm North Korea until he received a short history lesson from Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the last two administrations, Pyongyang made enough progress on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that, experts predict, it could strike the US mainland - possibly even the East Coast - in two to three years.

During a Fox News interview, the president didn't appear to know who the name of the leader of North Korea. Trump has said he will pressure China to rein in North Korea's oftentimes unpredictable leader but that the U.S. In a conference call on April 17, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton responded to questions about possible actions the U.S. could take multilaterally or bilaterally with North Korea to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. "And we'll see what happens". You look at different things over the years with President Obama, everybody has been outplayed. Everybody has been outplayed. We'll see what happens.

- Yahoo News Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox contributed reporting.

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