'It would be suicidal to attack the United States of America first': North Korean diplomats

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to USA demands and negotiate away a nuclear and missile programme, in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions. "I think you people are surprised".

"These officials feared that the USA was already trying to shape the battlefield for a military operation against the North, and that South Koreans do not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration is set on a course for preventive war", Vorontsov wrote. I'm not saying I have or haven't.

But asked whether he has talked to Kim, Trump answered: "I don't want to comment on it".

During that same meeting, a member relayed to Trump that potential welfare cuts would harm her constituents, "not all of whom are black". Trump reportedly pressed, asking where "your people" were from.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the USA mainland and has fired two missiles over Japan, putting Tokyo in range.

The U.S. and South Korea recently postponed military exercises around the Korean Peninsula until after the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South. Trump, who acknowledged that Pyongyang may be attempting to separate Seoul and Washington, encouraged North Korea to join the games.

While Kim has been on the receiving end of Trump's most colorful intercontinental insults, which have ranged from "Little Rocket Man" to "sick puppy", the Islamic Republic of Iran - a "murderous regime", according to the president - is a close second. Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard". It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.

On Wednesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran's state media, drew on Wolff's work to make the case that Trump is unbalanced, and that the world should resist any USA effort to tear up the nuclear deal.

Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France. It's just another day in the Trump White House.

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