Sunday 22 October 2017

Trump says 'only one thing will work' with North Korea in latest Twitter rant

Donald Trump Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump Photo: Reuters
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

US President Donald Trump has said "only one thing will work" when it comes to dealing with North Korea after previous administrations had failed to get results.

In a series of tweets, the Republican man wrote: "Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid...Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!"

Trump did not specify what the "one thing" is, but his comments seemed to suggest that military action was on his mind.

Earlier this week, during a meeting with top US military leaders and their spouses, Trump told reporters it was the "calm before the storm."

When asked by reporters what he meant, Trump said: "You'll find out."

The president has previously said the US would destroy North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies.

He has refused to rule out military action and has made dramatic threats against Pyongyang, tweeting that he would unleash "fire and fury", before claiming North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" if Ri echoed the thoughts of "Little Rocket Man", an apparent reference to Kim.

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