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Trump meets military advisors to discuss North Korea options

12 October 2017

Trump has increasingly hinted at using military options to counter the threat of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"It is right now a diplomatically led, economic sanctioned buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off this path", Mattis told the annual convention of the Association of the U.S. Army.

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, all in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

Trump's verbal attacks against North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, began in earnest in early August, when the president threatened to meet North Korean threats with "fire and fury".

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The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, according to South Korea's military.

On Saturday, Trump made a similar comment on Twitter about how negotiations have failed for 25 years and said "only one thing will work" with North Korea. "Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of USA negotiators".

North Korea has pursued its missile and nuclear programs in defiance of worldwide condemnation and sanctions.

"There's one thing that the U.S. Army can do, and that is you've got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed", Mattis said.

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Senior diplomats of the United States, Japan and South Korea are to meet on October 18 in Seoul to discuss North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, according to the South Korean foreign ministry.

Mui Baltrumas, 67, of Evanston, Illinois, meanwhile, said that his disapproval of Trump's behavior stems from his belief that what the president is really doing amounts to a "cheap political diversion". "Calm before the storm" comment sent chills", Murphy wrote.

The poll was conducted about a week after President Trump intensified rhetorical exchanges with his counterpart Kim Jong Un, dubbing him "Rocket Man" and threatening in a September 19 speech at the U.N.to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S.is forced to defend itself and its allies. Of those, 45 percent says the president has made made the "much worse", while less than ten percent think he's making the situation better. Kim responded by calling Trump "deranged" and a "dotard".

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Trump meets military advisors to discuss North Korea options