As Trump Threatens, US Negotiates With North Korea


Of all the issues that the USA should be focusing on in Asia and Africa, the focus has been put on North Korea, a tiny blip in the worldwide order that has managed to get under America's egotistical skin.

After threatening North Korea with "fire and fury" earlier this week, the president escalated the tension Friday with a tweet that the American arsenal is "locked and loaded".

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The president tweeted on Wednesday that "we'll always consider negotiations", and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Yun seem concerned about keeping lines of communication open. "If you don't believe Trump isn't serious about North Korea you are making a huge mistake because I believe he is serious".

"I think he's trying to put China and North Korea on notice that the game has changed،" Graham said of Trump's threat of hitting North Korea with "fire and fury".

Trump's remarks have prompted a reaction in China, where the state-controlled Global Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that if North Korea launched missiles at the USA, it should "stay neutral", sending a warning to Pyongyang that Beijing would not support the regime if it made a first move.

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He went on to say that whatever the United States has been doing with respect to North Korea, clearly isn't working and it's time to think about a new and different strategy. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the tackling this threat and many others. I mean, my understanding [.] is that's a pretty quick time frame".

In response to Trump's warnings, North Korea threatened to launch medium-range missiles into waters around the US territory of Guam.

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.

North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.