Trump: 'We'll handle North Korea'

Trump: 'We'll handle North Korea'
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President Trump on Monday predicted the U.S. would curb North Korea’s nuclear program, days after the nation conducted its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“We’ll handle North Korea. We’ll be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

North Korea last Friday launched its second ballistic missile in less than a month, raising concerns about Pyongyang’s capabilities to strike the U.S. mainland.

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Experts believe the ICBM could potentially hit the United States' West Coast. American presidents have long vowed to prevent North Korea from gaining such a weapon.

It remains unclear whether North Korea has developed the technology that would allow it to place a nuclear warhead on top of an ICBM. Intelligence agencies said last week, however, that North Korea could have that ability within a year.

North Korea's nuclear program is near the top of Trump’s list of national security threats. He has recently vented frustration that China, which shares a border with the Hermit Kingdom and is that country's largest trading partner, hasn’t done more to discourage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from developing nuclear weapons.

"I am very disappointed in China,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”