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U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Pyongyang is a problem that "will be taken care of," as speculation rose that North Korea might be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test.

Trump, responding to a question about what his message is for North Korea, said, "North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of."

He said he believed Chinese President Xi Jinping would "work very hard" to help resolve the challenge. The president said he had spent a lot of time with Xi last week in Florida.

"I have really gotten to like and respect President Xi. ... He's a very special man. I think he's going to try very hard."

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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