As Trump Threatens, US Negotiates With North Korea

Abe says: “I will do everything, to the best of my ability, to protect the safety and property of the Japanese people”. But are “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” really the best words for a president to use in an increasingly volatile global crisis involving nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles?

He described the president’s threatening language as being akin to telling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, “Go ahead, kill everybody”.

Humphrey served two terms in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1979-1990.

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

The White House is undergoing a major face-lift while President Donald Trump is out of town. What is not right is to take to Twitter and make off-the-cuff remarks to outline a new policy, especially one that threatens military action. “They didn’t want to take on the issue and I have no choice but to take it on”. Any attempt to do so would result in retaliation that would, at a minimum, put South Korea’s population at grave risk and cost tens of thousands of lives.

Despite the bombastic rhetoric exchanged between North Korean and American leaders this week, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The president is saber rattling in the worst way.

Asked Friday if the US was going to war, he said cryptically, “I think you know the answer to that”.

“Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough?”

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more. The Constitution provides a mechanism to remove a president who for mental as well as physical reasons can not perform his duties.

“Contrary to the public vitriol of the moment, the North Koreans were willing to reopen the NY channel following the election of President Trump and his administration signalled an openness to engage and ‘talk about talks, ‘” said Keith Luse, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, a US-based group that promotes US-North Korean engagement. I think there is still time for other measures.

The move could lay the groundwork for Trump to impose tariffs against Chinese imports, which would mark a significant escalation in his efforts to reshape the trade relationship between the world’s two largest economies.