8 October 2017
By Justice Nwafor
U.S. President, Donald John Trump on Saturday said only one thing will work on the resolution of the North Korean crisis while blaming past U.S. leaders for trying to use diplomacy to solve the problem.
Trump has long been directly pointing at war as the only option, even though his stance differs from other members of his government, who still believe in a diplomatic solution.
The President stated his resolve for war in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump on Saturday.
The past few weeks, Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two countries.
“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.
It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”
Trump returned to the theme when he appeared on former governor, Mike Huckabee’s show on Trinity Broadcasting Network television on Saturday, blaming previous administrations for not having adequately addressed the issue before.
This “should have been handled 25 years ago, it should have been handled 10 years ago, it should have been handled during the Obama administration,” the President said, referring to his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
The U.S has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to destroy the country.
Al-Jazeera reports that the President also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea and the Islamic State group that the current period “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.
In recent days, as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.
The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between U.S. and North Korean officials.
James Mattis, the U.S. defence secretary, later expressed support for the diplomatic track in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The defence department supports fully Secretary Tillerson’s efforts to find a diplomatic solution, but remains focused on defence of the United States and our allies,” Mattis said.