Trump says maybe warning to NKorea not tough enough

Ebony Scott
August 11, 2017

"They should be very nervous. Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible", Trump added.

Speaking on Thursday at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Mr Trump also offered an olive branch, saying the U.S. would always consider negotiations.

Trump said that past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it is time a President "stuck up for the country". On Thursday, again speaking from his golf club in New Jersey, he praised his diplomats for the "great job" they did in getting the latest sanctions resolution passed.

In a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency August 9, a spokesman for North Korea's army said that a strike by a medium- to long-range strategic ballistic missile could be launched toward Guam at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un made a decision.

President Donald Trump responded to critics of his "fire and fury" comments directed at North Korea Thursday by saying he should have used even stronger wording.

"The North Korean people I'm sure are lovely people and would love to see him go as well", he said. Public statements are especially important signaling, because the United States doesn't have a direct line of communication with North Korea.

The missiles are expected to travel 3,356.7 kilometers in 1,065 seconds, or 17 minutes and 45 seconds, the report said.

Sebastian Gorka, one of Trump's top national security advisers, said earlier this week on BBC that Tillerson isn't in charge of defense strategy, and the idea that he "is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical".

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"We keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the USA", it said.

The president suggested he could change his stance toward China's trade imbalance with the US if Beijing helps with North Korea.

The disclosure of the specific plan is apparently meant to be a threat to the United States, Japan and South Korea.

As for whether the US would return to talks with North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "The secretary has talked about this a lot. I think what the president was just reaffirming is the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack". This simply can not continue if Trump is to stay in the White House, and more and more Republicans are uncomfortable with the president's haphazard, self-centered approach to policy. Trump said it was time that somebody stood up to the pariah nation. "He has told me this".

Trump also said China, Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally, could "do a lot more" to pressure Kim to end his country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. It's not going to continue like that.

Mr Trump railed against previous United States administrations for being too weak on North Korea, adding that the tiny dictatorship's pursuit of nuclear weapons was a "tragedy".

He added that the U.S. "of course" would always consider negotiations with North Korea, despite the fact that they have failed for the past 25 years. It also elaborated on a threat to attack the tiny US Pacific territory of Guam.

The starkly worded warning issued by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis built on President Donald Trump's assertions earlier in the day that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is unbeatable and he hopes he is never forced to use it.

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