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Trump: North Korea’s Been ‘Playing’ US For Years

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President Donald Trump called out North Korea for its bad behavior in an early morning tweet Friday.

Since Trump took office, North Korea has fired off five ballistic missiles, one of which was a new type of solid-fueled, mid-range ballistic missile, and commercial satellite imagery shows extensive preparation work, potentially for a sixth nuclear test, at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. All previous strategies have failed to stop or even effectively curb North Korea’s development of bigger and better weaponry.

Trump’s patience appears to be wearing thin.


Speaking in South Korea Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “all options are on the table.”

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told reporters.

“Strategic patience” was an Obama-era policy which involved waiting for North Korea to eventually collapse, thus creating an opportunity for de-nuclearization on the peninsula. During the Obama administration, the North conducted four nuclear tests, and Pyongyang now claims the North can mount nuclear warheads on a ballistic missiles.

Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict,” the secretary of state said. “Obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response.”

“If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table,” he further remarked, referring to the possibility of military reaction.

In Japan, Tillerson said the strategies tried over the past 20 years have failed and a “new approach” is required to properly address the growing North Korean threat.

In his tweet, Trump criticized China for doing “little to help” resolve issues on the peninsula. His comments are likely to cast a shadow over Tillerson’s meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing this weekend.

While Tillerson is expected to put pressure on China. “We will be having discussions with China as to further actions we believe they might consider taking that would be helpful to bringing North Korea to a different attitude about its future need for nuclear weapons,” he explained previously.


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  • anotherworriedmom

    N Korea “acting badly” has worked well for them in the past. Every time they need money they fire a few missiles and we then make a “humanitarian” donation. What a crock. It’s about time somebody said NO. We have nothing to fear from them. How can we fear a country that can’t manage to install electricity?

  • Elizabeth Carter

    N. Korea has a population slightly over half of the CA population and a GDP that is a small percentage of CA.
    Why we care what they say has always been beyond my understanding. China needs us more than it needs N. Korea. 7 years ago, I asked a friend who is an electronic weapons specialist why we don’t just turn the power off when these people are trying to drag the whole world into a war. He said a lot of people would die if we turn the power off and it would hurt us politically. I just stared at him. A whole lot more people would die in a world war. What are our leaders thinking?
    I still think just giving N. Korea a “time out” a few times would get their attention, cause very little damage and cause them to reconsider “acting badly”. Power shut down #1 – 8 hours. Power shut down #2 – 2 days. Power shut down #3- 2 weeks. Each time tell them the power is going off if they don’t behave. Don’t tell them how long it will be off or if it will ever come back on. The suspense will be good for them.
    Let this “bad boy” make a living doing videos of bombing US aircraft carriers or something. He could even create “war games” or comic books but make it clear to him that unless and until he grows up we do not feel threatened by him at all.