TRUMP SOWS CON­FU­SION BY RE­JECT­ING IDEA OF NORTH KOREA TALKS

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Wash­ing­ton — 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, a close Amer­i­can ally, po­ten­tially en­dan­ger­ing civil­ians on the ground. 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.

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