Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Russia, China call for restraint after Trump comment on North Korea

Russia, China call for restraint after Trump comment on North Korea

Then on Saturday afternoon, Trump once again got people anxious by bluntly stating that "only one thing will work" when it comes to dealing with North Korea because efforts at diplomacy have failed.

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. ".Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of US negotiators". He declined to say what that "one thing" is, leaving the White House press corps and Kim Jong Un, a 33-year-old political neophyte with perhaps half-a-dozen nuclear weapons, to guess. This has left it unclear who or what he was specifically referring to when he said "giving billions of dollars".

The president has previously said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies from Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has made it clear that he's not a fan of North Korea or their leader Kim Jong-un. After Pyongyang claimed to have tested a powerful hydrogen bomb, James Mattis said the USA was prepared to meet any aggression with a "massive military response". When asked, he simply said: "You will find out". "Just a total mess".

Trump's comments seemed to further suggest that military action was on his mind.

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Analysts have repeatedly warned that a war with North Korea would kill millions if it goes nuclear, and that there is no such thing as a limited war with North Korea, meaning the worst case is palpably realistic.

Last week, he described the current period as the "calm before the storm", without elaborating. "Policy didn't work!" the United States president said in a Twitter post on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time).

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.

A top Korea analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency last week said that the USA 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. "Maybe now, nearly more than any other time, we need a great military".

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