Trump's latest tweet signals military options for N. Korea: aide


In a threatening tweet sent out on Saturday, the US President said that "only one thing will work" in dealing with North Korea. Less than a week after he dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic efforts in the region as fruitless, Trump fired off a series of tweets that seemed to suggest the only option left to curtail the North Korean nuclear threat is military action. ".Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of USA negotiators". Trump concluded this screed with the declaration that "only one thing will work".

Speaking to reporters on Saturday ahead of a trip to North Carolina, Trump said he had nothing more to clarify. In a recent poll by The Washington Post and ABC, only 37% respondents said they trusted Trump a "great deal" or a "good amount" to take a responsible decision on North Korea, compared to 72% who said they trusted the military leaders. "You'll find out", is all Trump seemed to be able to say when he was asked about the five ominous-sounding words. Trump, and then the White House, refused to elaborate on what exactly the president meant.

US President Donald Trump says previous administrations have talked to Pyongyang without results. Trump remarked last week that the current period may be the calm before the storm, raising speculation of possible military action against Pyongyang. "Policy didn't work!" the USA president said in a Twitter post on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time). After Pyongyang claimed to have tested a powerful hydrogen bomb, James Mattis said the USA was prepared to meet any aggression with a "massive military response".

Tensions have run high in the wake of North Korea's repeated ballistic missile launches and sixth nuclear test in September. Donald Trump also added that the United States will not hold back force if needed to halt the missile and nuclear tests by North Korea.

"North Korea should have been handled 25 years ago or 10 years ago".

In Pyongyang on Saturday, Kim was telling his officials that North Korea's nuclear weapons were a "powerful deterrent" and that the Workers' Party of Korea would "victoriously conclude the standoff with the USA".