Trump: Only One Thing Will Work Against North Korea

As with his 'quiet before the storm' comment, the president was vague on details

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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017Credit: Evan Vucci/AP

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that "only one thing will work" aganst North Korea, but did not specify what that thing is. He did, however, berate former presidents who "have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid." This, he said on Twitter, "hasn't worked."

The agreements signed with Pyongyang, Trump said, were "violated even before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators."

Trump's vague language, which may or may not contain a threat of military action, come only two days after a similarly foreboding message. Speaking to reporters as he posed for photos with his senior military leaders, he said that image might be "the calm before the storm."

Trump struck a similar tone last Sunday when he told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to waste his time trying to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. 

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Trump wrote on Twitter a day after Tillerson disclosed the United States was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs, but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" Trump told Washington's top diplomat.

On Friday, a Russian lawmaker who returned from a visit to Pyongyang said North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States.

Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.

“They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,” RIA quoted Morozov as saying.