President Donald Trump is ramping up his war of words with North Korea again, telling the isolated communist country that “talking is not the answer” and rejecting negotiating with Pyongyang. His tweet contradicts comments made by his own Secretary of State over the past week.
“The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer,” Trump wrote.
However, this tweet contradicts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said on August 27 that negotiating with North Korea was still an option.
“We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, as I have described it, working with allies, working with China as well, to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table with a view to begin a dialog on a different future for Korean peninsula and North Korea,” Tillerson told Fox News.
Trump’s tweet follows North Korea’s latest missile launch on Tuesday, which sailed over Japan’s Hokkaido island and landed nearly 1,700 feet away. It’s believed that the rocket the North Koreans launched was a Hwasong-12, like the ones they threatened to launch near Guam.
In response to that launch, Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to continue to show the U.S.’ support for its ally. He also issued a statement, in which he said, “The world has received North Koreas latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.” He added, “All options are on the table” for dealing with North Korea.
On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that North Korea launched three short-range missiles. Two flew 155 miles, while the other one blew up immediately, U.S. Pacific Command said.