Back channel could defuse North Korea crisis

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

Asked if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

"This crisis has to be solved diplomatically, and obviously the public statements are not very diplomatic", said former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, who served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 and was part of a diplomatic mission to North Korea in 1999.

In the phone call Mr Trump goes on to praise the island's beauty, which he says he has seen in news reports about the missile threat.

I take issue with your editorial that includes a description of "residents of Guam glancing nervously skyward" ("Alternative fact of the Week: Trump's nuclear arsenal", August 10). "So I'm just so thankful, and I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir". "All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you", the clip, about 45 seconds long, showed the President as saying.

Trump adds that millions of Americans support his words because "finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies".

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He said nothing - not even sanctions against China - will prompt them "to do our bidding" with North Korea. Liou said Japan's comments were squarely aimed at ensuring a continued US military presence in the region.

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He then reassured Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the United States military is "rock solid".

"We are the best in the world by a factor of five", he says.

The Government has instructed residents to be proactive and create emergency supply kits, a family emergency plan and a list of concrete shelters in their vicinity.

"You know, they're showing so much, it's such a big story in the news and it just looks like a handsome place", he says.

The Trump administration has been quietly engaging in the back-channel communication for several months, discussing Americans imprisoned in North Korea - including University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier - as well as the battered current state of relations, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

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