Merkel says in 'clear disagreement' with Trump over N. Korea

Merkel says in 'clear disagreement' with Trump over N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump was expressing "a firm and specific stance" on North Korea when he threatened to destroy the reclusive country, according to a statement released by South Korea's presidential office on Wednesday. He said violence-plagued regions of the world "are going to hell".

Donald Trump's United Nations speech drew plenty of criticism-including from Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, is asking 21 countries with embassies in Pyongyang to cut economic and diplomatic ties and support an expulsion of North Korea from the United Nations. The Ma Du San claimed it was heading to China, but eventually wound up a North Korean port. Reuters reported that there were Treasury Department sanctions orders and a United States government legal complaint regarding such shipments, but the ship was not named.

The US leader used his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to deliver a blistering warning to Pyongyang, after it tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb and responded to new sanctions by launching its longest-ever missile flight over Japan.

Heaven forbid, should we ever find ourselves in military conflict with North Korea, Trump has made the fight all the more hard and risky by proclaiming that our aim would be not just regime change or an end to the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes but what sounds an very bad lot like genocide.

On Iran, Trump called the government a rogue state whose chief export is "violence, bloodshed and chaos". By year's end, there will be about 14,000 US troops in the country, the most since 2014. He accused Tehran of squandering Iran's wealth by supporting Syria's Assad, Lebanon's Hezbollah militia and Yemen's Houthi rebel group.

In contrast, Japan's Asian rival China, and Russian Federation, have called repeatedly for a return to global diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs.

Trump's comments probably sound to North Korean ears like empty threats, said Wit.

The speech drew varying reactions from leaders on the two sides of Trump's black-and-white ledger.

Trump's U.N. speech came days after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis created unease in South Korea by saying without elaboration that the United States has military options against North Korea that wouldn't involve the destruction of Seoul.

He did confirm that he had discussed the option of putting tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, an idea rejected by South Korea's President last week. Elizabeth Warren said the president is not making the United States safer. Loyalty to Mr. Kim, for example, comes as naturally to North Koreans as "streams knowing which gully to travel to reach the sea", it says.

Rhetoric that isn't followed by action will eventually undermine the USA image internationally.

North Korea, a master of tough talk, often resorts to colorful Korean proverbs in its propaganda at home or in its diatribes against its external enemies.

If the objective of Trump's apocalyptic language is to bring the North Koreans to the negotiating table, his piecemeal approach to diplomacy is likely to be working against him, said Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior research scholar at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.