US Not Interested in Talking About Back Channels With North Korea

Former US Senator from New Hampshire Gordon Humphrey

President Donald Trump is seeking continued help from China's president in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear developments.

Some legal experts are warning that since North Korea is not an imminent threat, that is to say there is no reason to believe North Korea is about to attack the United States, there exists no legal justification for preemptive action at all. 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. Throughout the past half a year of rhetoric, the U.S. has been threatening North Korea far more than North Korea has been threatening the US.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis to act responsibly "to prevent any escalation of tensions" after a days-long war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK".

"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".

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Reliever Blake Parker got Ben Gamel to ground back to the mound and then struck out pinch hitter Yonder Alonso to end the inning. Andrew Moore , the Mariners' recently recalled rookie, replaced Pagan in the sixth inning, which he got through with no problem.

During a Fox & Friends interview, Southern Baptist minister and outspoken Trump backer Rev. Robert Jeffress claimed that "the Bible, especially Romans 13, does give President Trump moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or even war, to topple an evil dictator like Kim Jong-un".

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.

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. Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

Alaska's junior US Senator says President Donald Trump will need the approval of Congress if he wants to strike North Korea pre-emptively. "And I think China will do a lot more".

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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