US Policy on North Korea isn't working

North Korea should have been handled 25 years ago: Trump
Donald Trump Issues Yet Another Creepily Ominous Message That Hints at War
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10 October, 2017

In an interview on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Saturday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that North Korea's nuclear weapons program should have been taken care of 25 years ago, blaming his predecessors for mishandling the issue. "In a Twitter message on October 7, Trump wrote, "[American] Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid. hasn't worked". And on Saturday, he insisted "only one thing will work" to solve the North Korean nuclear impasse.

While the implication is clearly meant to be something along the lines of a calamitous nuclear war, Trump appeared much more interested in elaborating on what in his opinion hasn't worked than offering any specifics on what the "one thing" is. "I think this one's the worst of the group - but they started doing what they were doing", Trump said, referring first to then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and then his son and current leader Kim Jong-un.

U.S. President Donald Trump pointed out that weak past administrations for handed him a "mess" in North Korea and the Middle East. Trump told top US military leaders earlier this week that it was the "calm before the storm".

US President Donald Trump says previous administrations have talked to Pyongyang without results.

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Trump's comment comes less than a week after he undercut statements by Rex Tillerson, his own Secretary of State. "This should have been handled 25 years ago", Trump told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his new TBN show Huckabee.

A top Korea analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency last week said that the U.S. government should be ready for another North Korean provocation this week - not least because the anniversary overlaps with Columbus Day in the United States, given the 12-hour, 30-minute time difference between Pyongyang and Washington.

Trump tweeting about violating agreements is laughable at best.

On Friday, a Russian lawmaker was quoted in saying that North Korea was preparing to test a long-distance missile that had the potential to reach the west coast of the United States. The words were seen as a sign that Pyongyang has no intention to back down from its nuclear ambitions at a time when there is broad concern North Korea could carry out a major weapons test in the near future to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party on Tuesday.


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