Dems urge Trump to make appointments amid North Korea crisis

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2017

Asked if possible trade measures could be part of a bargaining chip with China if they chose not to act on the crisis, Tillerson said that President Trump has been "very clear that he views this threat of North Korea as ever growing". North Korea also recently tested its most powerful bomb.

Kim Jong Un has pledged to continue the North's programs, saying his country is nearing its goal of "equilibrium" in military force with the United States.

Trump tweeted Sunday that long lines for gas are forming in North Korea and called it "too bad".

Rex Tillerson says that China, the principal supplier of oil to North Korea, can help exert pressure on Pyongyang by cutting off supplies.

Since taking office, Trump has touted a plan to press China, Pyongyang's only ally and largest trading partner, to do more to rein in North Korea.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" comment last month about North Korea's nuclear program was not an empty threat.

"Mattis and Onodera agreed that the North Korean provocation called for a strong demonstration of a unified front between the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and agreed on the importance of robust trilateral defence cooperation between the three nations", he said. His words came after reports that North Korea had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that could fit into missiles.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed", UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". On Aug. 9, North Korea said it was considering missile strikes near Guam, a USA territory with military bases.

US options range from everything to accepting North Korea as a nuclear power to using military force in a bid to destroy its arsenal and even oust leader Kim Jong Un.

"We're out of road, because in the past, the approach taken to the problem of North Korea and the Kim regime over decades has been to enter into long, drawn-out negotiations that then deliver an unsatisfactory agreement, an agreement that then the North Korean regime breaks".

Mattis said after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month that the US will answer any threat from the North with a "massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming".

Trump has called for a reform of the lower "out-of-control costs" and has complained the US funds a disproportionate share of the U.N.'s budget.

The U.S. Supreme Court has not weighed in on the legality of the current nuclear launch approval process.

Trump, who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea during their latest telephone conversation Saturday.

Wallace asked Trump's National Security Adviser if "Rocket Man" was a new one for the president, who's known to give nicknames to people he opposes. Feinstein also said USA missile defence "isn't perfect" and "I am concerned about the safety of the United States".

"But, of course, that's where the rockets are coming from".

"This regime is so close now to threatening the United States and others with a nuclear weapon, that we really have to move with a great sense of urgency on sanctions, on diplomacy and preparing, if necessary, a military option", he said.

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