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Former NH GOP Senator Calls Trump North Korea Threat 'Crazy'

Former NH GOP Senator Calls Trump North Korea Threat 'Crazy'

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.

President Donald Trump is seeking continued help from China's president in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear developments. You have the president of the United States essentially threatening a preemptive or a preventive nuclear war in Asia, not in response to a North Korean strike, but in response to North Korea's rhetoric, the fact that they're disrespecting the United States.

Trump told President Xi Jinping that he plans to direct U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday to begin the probe into alleged Chinese violations of U.S. intellectual property rights, the official said.

"I believe it's important that the current language be scaled down, and that the current threat be weakened".

"That would send a signal to North Korea and China that would probably do more good to avoid war than anything I can think of". In April the White House took the rare step of inviting all 100 senators to the White House for a classified briefing on North Korea.

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".

But on Thursday, he said, "we'll always consider negotiations", even if they haven't worked in the last quarter of a century.

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President Trump, in some ways, has been more flexible in his approach to North Korea than President Barack Obama. But he said the US should assume the worst.

So it is more than a little eerie, here on August 9, 2017, that the top story around the world is that of North Korea and its threats to possibly target the island of Guam, a us territory in the Pacific Ocean, with a nuclear-tipped missile. Mr Yun is the only U.S. diplomat in contact with any North Korean counterpart. North Korea expressed outrage at the U.N. vote, vowing to launch "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States.

A Democratic aide said the engagement from the administration on North Korea was "not much and not enough", saying there was "limited member engagement and only some staff level engagement".

The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story. "They count on me to be a straight shooter with a calm voice".

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

Neither the White House nor the State Department commented on Yun's communication channel, and a diplomat at North Korea's United Nations mission confirmed to the AP only that the channel had been used to negotiate Warmbier's release.

Nord Corea, Scilipoti Isgrò (FI): "Pyongyang non colpisca base Usa di Guam"
GLI SCENARI - Se la Corea del Nord dovesse lancia un attacco di minaccia agli Stati Uniti , la Cina dovrebbe rimanere neutrale. Lo ha dichiarato il ministro degli Esteri russo, Sergey Lavrov (nella foto a sinistra).


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