Trump says "only one thing will work" with North Korea

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

Keeping his strong stance against North Korea, US President Donald Trump has said that all diplomacy with the Asian country has failed. A Blue House source said on October 8 that Seoul continued viewing military activities relating to North Korea's missile launch as "motion amid general calmness", but added that it was "closely watching for the possibility of a provocation between the 11th anniversary of [North Korea's] first nuclear test on Oct.9 and the Workers' Party anniversary on October 10, given Pyongyang's history of provocations around major commemorative days". "Agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of US negotiators", Trump wrote on Twitter. And on Saturday, he insisted "only one thing will work" to solve the North Korean nuclear impasse. This has left it unclear who or what he was specifically referring to when he said "giving billions of dollars". Last week, he dismissed the idea of talks as a waste of time, a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was maintaining open lines of communication with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government. His latest tweet suggests that Trump is indeed planning something big as he believes that America's 25-year-old policy concerning North Korea has yielded no result.

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Reporters even specifically asked Trump over the weekend about what the "one thing" was, to which Trump would only ominously say "you'll figure that out pretty soon". "The policy didn't work!" He had pointed out that any outbreak of violence would put the 25 million people of Seoul in danger of North Korean bombardment immediately. The truth is, I was handed a mess. "Just a total mess", CNN quoted President Trump as saying in an extensive interview. He then added, "but we have many options to do so".

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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.

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