US Not Interested in Talking About Back Channels With North Korea

US Not Interested in Talking About Back Channels With North Korea

US Not Interested in Talking About Back Channels With North Korea

One of President Trump's most famous critics came to his defense this week after a vow of "fire and fury" for North Korea: former Vice President Al Gore.

The meetings, led by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun and reported on by CNN, have focused on Americans detained in North Korea, but have also touched on the relationship between the two countries. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has emphasized publicly that the US' goal is to start talks with North Korea - with the important caveat that Pyongyang first relinquish its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Humphrey described the brinkmanship of nuclear war with North Korea as the reason why the commission needs to be established.

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. 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.

"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries".

On Friday, he tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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The interactions could point to a level of pragmatism in the Trump administration's approach to the North Korean threat, despite the president's dire warnings.

Trump planned to launch the trade investigation more than a week ago, but he delayed the move in favor of securing China's support for expanded United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the senior administration official said.

And yet, realistically, most analysts agree that if a war does happen, it would be the USA attacking North Korea, and not the other way around.

The State Department did not immediately comment on Mr Yun's diplomacy.

Alaska's junior US Senator says President Donald Trump will need the approval of Congress if he wants to strike North Korea pre-emptively.

There, Yun learned about the health condition of Otto Warmbier, the young American who had gone to North Korea on a short trip, only to be arrested for allegedly stealing a poster.

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