Trump sows con­fu­sion with tweet about North Korea talks

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — True to form, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sowed pol­icy con­fu­sion with a tweet.

Declar­ing Wed­nes­day that “talk­ing is not the an­swer” on North Korea, Trump’s mes­sage ap­peared to clash with ef­forts by his Cab­i­net mem­bers to safe­guard the pos­si­bil­ity of a diplo­matic so­lu­tion as Kim Jong Un’s mil­i­tary races to­ward mas­ter­ing a nu­clear-tipped mis­sile that can reach Amer­ica.

The pres­i­dent’s morn­ing tweet came a day after a highly provoca­tive North Korean mis­sile test that flew over Ja­pan. On Wed­nes­day, Kim called for more weapons launches in the Pa­cific.

“The U.S. has been talk­ing to North Korea, and pay­ing them ex­tor­tion money, for 25 years. Talk­ing is not the an­swer!” Trump tweeted.

The state­ment raised fresh un­cer­tainty about the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s strat­egy for North Korea. How the U.S. plans ad­dress the North’s grow­ing nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties is of in­creas­ing ur­gency not just in North­east Asia, but also in the United States. Last month, the iso­lated, com­mu­nist coun­try tested for the first time a mis­sile that could po­ten­tially strike the U.S. main­land.

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