Poll shows most Americans think 'Trump making N. Korea situation worse'

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated a call for all parties involved with the standoff in North Korea to exercise restraint, describing the situation as extremely complex and serious.

Ri has previously called Mr Trump "President Evil" and his comments are likely to fuel an escalating war of words between the USA president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Indeed, after Trump's Victory, Trump and out-going President Obama had a long conversation in which North Korea was the main topic of conversation.

On Saturday, Trump made a similar comment on Twitter about how negotiations have failed for 25 years and said "only one thing will work" with North Korea.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", Trump told the 193-member world body, sticking closely to a script.

US President Donald Trump has "lit the wick of war" with North Korea and his country will be made to pay with "a hail of fire", a Russian news agency has quoted North Korea's foreign minister as saying.

"And ultimately, I will do what's right for the United States and, really, what's right for the world".

Kaplan explains how in 1993 the two nations clashed as North Korea was preparing to reprocess fuel rods into weapons-grade plutonium.

The foreign minister insisted all options were on the table for Pyongyang and that his nation reserved the right to shoot down USA planes even if they are not in Korea's air space.

"North Korea kept its side of the bargain", Kaplan writes.

(Incidentally, the Trump administration has been more explicit about what the United States does not seek - namely, regime change and accelerated reunification of Korea - than what it does want.) Several U.S. officials have claimed that they will not accept a freeze in North Korea's nuclear program, because, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson put it, "if we freeze where they are today, we freeze their activities with a very high level of capability".

I was given a visa to North Korea, as were three other New York Times journalists.

Surely, even the most loyal Trump supporter would agree that a line has been crossed when a foreign power interprets a tweet as a declaration of war.

Ms Albright was the highest level U.S. official to visit North Korea in 50 years when she met then-leader Kim Jong-il as part of an effort to ease tensions between the two nations.

Mr Carter's comments did not go down well with the White House, which asked him to avoid discussing the crisis and risk undermining Mr Trump.

Trump is expected to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines starting from November 3.

"There has to be a common approach, and I think we need to figure out how to use that diplomatic tool more effectively", Ms Albright said. "I think it's a nice, cheap political diversion", he said.

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