Trump warns North Korea that U.S. is `locked and loaded´

Trump warns North Korea that U.S. is `locked and loaded´

Trump says tens of millions of Americans support his tough position on North Korea's nuclear threat.

The Associated Press reports that Yun is the only USA diplomat in contact with representatives of the North Korean government.

The contacts are occurring regularly between Joseph Yun, the United States envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's UN mission, according to U.S. officials and others briefed on the process.

It continued, "If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly".

North Korea's weapons program has developed significantly since then.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis praised Tillerson's diplomatic efforts to contain North Korea, saying they were working and that they remain the favored means for solving the crisis. 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.

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The decision will not only take action against alleged Chinese violations of US companies' intellectual property rights, but could also be perceived as an attempt by the USA government to crank up the pressure on Beijing to rein in North Korea.

Colbert had a pitch-perfect response to Trump's suggestion that North Korea will be "in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble" if it doesn't act responsibly: "Oh, my god". "I don't think we are there yet".

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.

"Contrary to the public vitriol of the moment, the North Koreans were willing to reopen the NY channel following the election of President Trump and his administration signalled an openness to engage and 'talk about talks, '" said Keith Luse, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, a US-based group that promotes US-North Korean engagement.

The State Department did not immediately comment on Mr Yun's diplomacy. Even former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice admits that US efforts to denuclearize North Korea have failed - though her advice is to learn to tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea.

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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