President Trump: North Korea 'will regret it fast'

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

In a press conference Friday afternoon, the president raised the specter of using military force not just against North Korea but also Venezuela: "We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary", Trump said. Meanwhile, U.S. senior diplomat Joseph Yun has spent months conducting back-channel diplomacy with Pyongyang.

In a statement Saturday, Macron said the situation "undermines the preservation of worldwide peace" and the North Korean regime "poses a serious threat to the security of its neighbors".

Any negotiation would face huge skepticism in Washington given North Korea's long record of broken promises. He was a John Kasich delegate to the Republican National Convention previous year, but eventually endorsed Hillary Clinton in the general election. -North Korea negotiations collapsed in 2012 when Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket that derailed an agreement of a North Korean nuclear freeze in exchange for US food aid. It's unclear what effect they may have on the back-channel contacts being maintained by Yun.

Humphrey described the brinkmanship of nuclear war with North Korea as the reason why the commission needs to be established. "I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail".

In the course of trying to structure the narrative around soaring tensions with North Korea, the Trump Administration has made major efforts to play up North Korea as an imminent threat, and the possibility that North Korea might attack as a realistic possibility.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK". For a man who dodged military service himself - receiving five deferments during the Vietnam War, including a medical deferment for bone spurs in his feet - Trump sure likes to sound like a tough guy. These types of talks are often used to manage hard diplomatic situations and while they don't involve current representatives of the United States government or the ruling administration, they establish lines of communication through think tank experts and former officials.

"I think China can do a lot more", Trump told reporters on Thursday.

France is a member of the Security Council, which approved fresh sanctions on North Korea this month for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile testing.

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