Beyond the fiery words, United States quietly pursues diplomacy with North Korea

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

Trump said the United States will have immediate success against North Korea.

When reports of the potential trade investigation first emerged more than a week ago, China's Commerce Ministry stressed the importance of U.S.

"President Donald Trump says his critics are only complaining about his tough rhetoric on North Korea "because it's me".

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis to act responsibly "to prevent any escalation of tensions" after a days-long war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

The early U.S. focus was on securing the release of several Americans held in North Korea.

People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fuelling fears of military confrontation.

He added a refrain heard often from the administration - that the U.S. will not negotiate its way to the negotiating table, and that now is not the right time for dialogue because North Korea has not shown a willingness to address issues of concern.

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Later in the program, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto argued Americans ought to take heed of Clapper's warnings as he has served the country in the intelligence community and military under presidents from both parties for more than 40 years.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", he continued.

During a Fox & Friends interview, Southern Baptist minister and outspoken Trump backer Rev. Robert Jeffress claimed that "the Bible, especially Romans 13, does give President Trump moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or even war, to topple an evil dictator like Kim Jong-un".

Despite outrage in the US with Mr Warmbier's treatment and sharp condemnation by President Trump, the US-North Korean interactions in NY continued. I think there is still time for other measures.

Trump has being trying for months to get China to exert more pressure on North Korea, but has recently expressed frustration with the lack of progress.

North Korea has lashed back at the US following President Donald Trump's latest warnings.

There, Yun learned about the health condition of Otto Warmbier, the young American who had gone to North Korea on a short trip, only to be arrested for allegedly stealing a poster.

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