Donald Trump has warned about a “major, major conflict” between the US and North Korea, saying a catastrophic confrontation with the isolated state was “absolutely” possible.

In an interview ahead of his 100th day in office, the President said he was committed to resolving the diplomatic crisis peacefully.

But he added: “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Mr Trump said the actions by Pyongyang were his biggest global worry.

He also lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in North Korea, saying he was a “very good man” who he had got to know “very well”.

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