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As Trump Threatens, US Negotiates With North Korea

12 August 2017

"President Trump's threat to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea is like pouring gasoline on a fire".

The two leaders also reiterated a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But unnamed sources told the AP that the talks have done little to quell concerns about North Korea's escalation of its missile and nuclear program, though the sources also suggested that negotiation could still be possible, if Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un publicly choose negotiations instead of threats.

As the crisis has unfolded, Trump has alternated praising China for its help and chiding it for not doing more.

"I think China can do a lot more", Trump told reporters on Thursday.

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People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fuelling fears of military confrontation.

US policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been a failure for decades, under both Republican and Democrat presidents.

Even as tensions between the USA and North Korea have intensified, along with President Donald Trump's rhetoric, U.S. diplomats have quietly and steadily been in contact with their North Korean counterparts. "We have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk", Tillerson said at an Asian security meeting in the Philippines this week, adding that negotiations would be welcomed on the condition that North Korea stops testing missiles that could potentially reach the USA mainland-a major concern, given that North Korea has significantly advanced its weapons program since the last serious negotiations with the U.S.

Merkel has said of Trump's provocative warnings to the communist nation that "escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

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The report quotes Xi as saying: "At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula".

He made comments Saturday while visiting his father's tomb in his ancestral hometown of Nagato in western Japan. "I do not want the Earth to blow up", the Late Show host said.

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

That same month, Yun met high-level representatives from the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, including Choi Sun Hee, the official who leads the North Korean Foreign Ministry's North America department.

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"I believe the Bible is very clear about that", he added.

As Trump Threatens, US Negotiates With North Korea