"Only one thing will work" with North Korea

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Then on Saturday afternoon, Trump once again got people anxious by bluntly stating that "only one thing will work" when it comes to dealing with North Korea because efforts at diplomacy have failed. 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. "In a Twitter message on October 7, Trump wrote, "[American] Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid. hasn't worked". He declined to say what that "one thing" is, leaving the White House press corps and Kim Jong Un, a 33-year-old political neophyte with perhaps half-a-dozen nuclear weapons, to guess.

Trump repeatedly has made clear his distaste for dialogue with North Korea. 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.

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Reporters even specifically asked Trump over the weekend about what the "one thing" was, to which Trump would only ominously say "you'll figure that out pretty soon". "Just a total mess", CNN quoted President Trump as saying in an extensive interview. Trump tweeted calling the whole meeting as a simple "waste of time". Trump told top USA military leaders earlier this week that it was the "calm before the storm". He had pointed out that any outbreak of violence would put the 25 million people of Seoul in danger of North Korean bombardment immediately.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been high, with several threats cast between the states. The words were seen as a sign that Pyongyang has no intention to back down from its nuclear ambitions at a time when there is broad concern North Korea could carry out a major weapons test in the near future to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party on Tuesday.

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