Most say Trump mak­ing North Korea sit­u­a­tion worse

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASHINGTON » North Korea’s nu­clear weapons devel­op­ment is spook­ing most Amer­i­cans, and two-thirds of them say Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s war of words with the iso­lated na­tion’s leader is mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion worse. Less than 1 in 10 thinks Trump’s com­ments are mak­ing it bet­ter.

Those are the find­ings of a poll by the As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search, as ten­sions be­tween the ad­ver­saries es­ca­late and North Korea comes closer to its goal of hav­ing a nu­clear-tipped mis­sile that could strike the con­ti­nen­tal U.S.

The poll was con­ducted about a week after Trump in­ten­si­fied rhetor­i­cal ex­changes with his coun­ter­part Kim Jong Un, dub­bing him “Rocket Man” and threat­en­ing in a Sept. 19 speech at the U.N. to “to­tally de­stroy” North Korea if the U.S. is forced to de­fend it­self and its al­lies. Kim re­sponded with dire threats and in­sults of his own, call­ing Trump “de­ranged” and a “dotard.”

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