Trump Team Evaluating a Response to North Korean Aggression

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho speaks to the media in New York

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho speaks to the media in New York

"And ultimately, I will do what's right for the United States and, really, what's right for the world".

On the same day as Trump's meeting with military leaders, the U.S. Air Force flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force, after North Korea had threatened to shoot down U.S. bombers conducting such tests. Because North Korea is really a world problem, that is beyond just the United States.

Trump slammed more than two decades of USA policy toward North Korea on Twitter on Monday, saying past action to quell the crisis "didn't work".

"I think perhaps I feel stronger and tougher on that subject than other people, but I listen to everybody", the President said. "That's a world problem, and it's a problem that has to be solved".

Responding to a question, the USA president said it is a problem that has to be solved.

"This should have been handled 25 years ago, it should have been handled 20 years ago, and 10 years ago, and five years ago", he said.

Trump defended his tough approach on Wednesday as he conceded differences on North Korea with his own top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, who advocates keeping open the possibility of negotiations with Kim's authoritarian government. Now it is at a point where it is very, very far advanced. Trump's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, later said that the president was telegraphing with the statement that "military options are on the table". You can see what a democracy and a market economy does, and you can contrast that with Vietnam, who we were at war with, with the Vietnam War. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed hope that the relevant countries "will not engage in words or deeds that provoke one another or raise tensions", while a Kremlin spokesperson stressed that [Moscow] has "demanded that the countries involved [in the North Korean nuclear issue] exercise restraint and avoid measures that exacerbate the situation". Over the weekend, Kim said having nuclear weapons was a "powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia" against "protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists". "Economic trade and let's work on those things that we can agree on and then put the nuclear weapons away", he added.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have intensified in recent months as the Trump administration has struggled to rein in Kim Jong-un's expanding nuclear and ballistic weapons programme.

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