Trump defends hard line on North Korea’s nukes as he says the U.S. has been ‘giving billions of dollars & getting nothing’

Monday, October 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Donald Trump on Saturday said ‘only one thing will work’ when it comes to North Korea
Trump repeated criticisms of past administrations that failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons
In latest volley, Trump said for decades U.S. has been ‘giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!’
The president has previously said the United States would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies
He told reporters Thursday night that a jovial photo-op with top military leaders could represent ‘the calm before the storm’
Asked what would work to constrain North Korea on Saturday evening, Trump said, ‘Well, you’ll figure that out pretty soon’

By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent
9 October 2017

President Donald Trump justified his saber rattling at North Korea on Monday morning as a necessary break from his predecessors’ failed efforts to contain the increasingly volatile regime.

After tweeting Saturday that ‘only one thing will work,’ Trump repeated his assertion that U.S. tactics, dating back to the presidency of Bill Clinton, have not been effective at halting the development of North Korea’s nuclear program.

‘Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn’t work!’ he said early this morning in his latest volley at dictator Kim Jong-un.

Trump cryptically observed last week that this may be the ‘calm before the storm.’ He has not explained his remark, telling reporters Saturday that there’s ‘nothing to clarify.’

The White House said Friday that Trump was making a ‘general comment’ and did not have a specific country in mind when he made the remark during a photo op with military leaders and their spouses.

His continued commentary on North Korea has raised suspicions that Trump may have been referring to a military conflict with Kim, though.

Trump said Saturday, for instance: ‘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!’

Asked what would constrain North Korea later on, Trump said, ‘Well, you’ll figure that out pretty soon.’

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