Trump’s North Korea tweet raises uncertainty over policy
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.