Trump Continues Tough Talk About North Korea

As debate about adopting tougher gun regulation across the U.S. has grown louder in Washington D.C. following America’s most deadly mass shooting a week ago in Las Vegas, the Trump administration continues to face serious foreign policy challenges on the international stage deciding how to respond to a North Korean regime that continually defies UN resolutions concerning its ballistic missiles and the development of its nuclear program.

Before a Cabinet Room meeting with senior military leaders on Friday, President Trump said we have many pressing national security issues facing our country and their main goal is denuclearization in North Korea.

Concerning North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, President Trump acknowledged on Friday that we can’t allow this “dictatorship” t0 threaten our nation or our allies with unimaginable loss of life.

“We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. And it will be done, if necessary…. believe me” President Trump said.

On Saturday President Trump tweeted criticism towards previous American presidential administrations that have mishandled North Korea and suggested that past agreements with North Korea have already been violated and made fools of U.S. negotiators and “only one thing will work.”

President Trump tweeted, “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, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

During a White House briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the Trump administration is continuing to apply maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea and confirmed that President Trump will “keep all of his options on the table.”

Press Secretary Sanders said President Trump doesn’t want to “lay out his game plan for our enemies” after she was questioned about the president’s controversial “calm before the storm” comment which sparked some speculation that he was communicating a cryptic message about an approaching military confrontation with North Korea.

President Trump has talked tough about North Korea for weeks, ranging from his earlier “fire and fury” comment to his September 19th reference of North Korean Kim Jong-Un as “Rocket Man” who is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.

President Trump told the UN General Assembly audience on September 19th that it is time for North Korea to realize that denuclearization is its only acceptable future.

A week before President Trump’s UN speech on September 12th, the U.N. Security Council had unanimously approved U.N. Resolution 2375 against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that bans the sale of natural gas liquids, textile exports, and prohibits Member States from providing work authorizations to North Korean nationals.

The Security Council condemned in strongest terms Pyongyang’s 6th nuclear test, declaring that the action stood in “flagrant disregard” of its resolutions and reaffirmed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea must immediately suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile and nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.

The Security Council also decided that all Member States would prohibit the direct, indirect supply, sale, or transfer to North Korea of all refined petroleum products beyond 500,000 barrels during an initial period of 3 months, beginning on October 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2017 and exceeding 2 million barrels in a 12 month period beginning on January 1, 2018 and annually thereafter.

Earlier UN Sanctions On North Korea Over Its Ballistic Missile Program 

Earlier in the summer, in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile tests conducted on July 3rd and July 28th, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 237 on August 5th which targeted North Korea’s fossil fuel industry with bans on the export of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore, and also seafood.

North Korea is estimated to earn approximately $3 billion per year from export revenues with coal generating the highest level of revenue over $401 million a year.

After U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese officials in late September and advocated for diplomacy with North Korea, President Trump tweeted a message on October 1st that appeared to contradict the softer sentiment of his Secretary of State.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…”

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