Trump’s North Korea tweet raises un­cer­tainty over pol­icy

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sowed pol­icy con­fu­sion with a tweet when he de­clared Wed­nes­day that “talk­ing is not the answer” on North Korea.

His 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 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.

The state­ment raised fresh un­cer­tainty about the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s strat­egy for North Korea.

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