Trump claims he was 'handed a mess' in North Korea

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

The president has often spoken about using military options against North Korea when necessary, and on Saturday tweeted that agreements and negotiations have made USA negotiators a fool, and that "only one thing" will work with the regime.

Recently in an interview to media, President Trump had said "he inherited a mess" and North Korea nuclear issue should have been handled 25 years ago and also termed the Obama-era Iran pact not in U.S. interests. Trump concluded this screed with the declaration that "only one thing will work". Trump did not give specifics about what the "one thing" might be.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said over the weekend that the country's nuclear arsenal is a "powerful deterrent" to the United States. However, Trump stated that these won't work now as Kim Jong-Un has violated these agreements even before the ink ran dry.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney tells NBC that Trump's "clearly telegraphing, and this should not be news to anybody", that "military options are on the table".

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. It should have been handled during the Obama administration. The truth is, I was handed a mess.

US President Donald Trump says previous administrations have talked to Pyongyang without results.

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"We have to have a very strong military", he said. He then added, "but we have many options to do so".

Last week, he described the current period as the "calm before the storm", without elaborating.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains tense amid Pyongyang's active development of its missile and nuclear programs and the US-South Korean military drills.

A top Korea analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency last week said that the U.S. 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.

"We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening, and it will be done if necessary, believe me".

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