U.S. President Donald Trump said that an extensive clash with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic projectile programs, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could intensify or flub out of control.
"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea," Trump said in an interview at the Oval Office.
"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," he said, describing North Korea as his biggest global challenge.
According to China's foreign ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi said that there was a danger that the situation on the Korean peninsula could widen or slip out of control.
"I believe he is trying very hard. I know he would like to be able to do something. Perhaps it's possible that he can't. But I think he'd like to be able to do something," Trump said.
"We were told by the Chinese that they informed the regime that if they did conduct further nuclear tests, China would be taking sanctions actions on their own," Tillerson said on Fox News, without specifying what sanctions he was referring to.