In a threatening tweet sent out on Saturday, the US President said that "only one thing will work" in dealing with North Korea. Trump concluded this screed with the declaration that "only one thing will work". Mulvaney said it was the first he had heard about the tweet, but said every bit of it was true.
"It is time for North Korea to realise that the denuclearisation is its only acceptable future", Trump asserted.
The interview made headlines all across the Pacific Rim, and remains the leading story on the South Korean Yonhap News Agency website as of this writing.
Trump repeatedly has made clear his distaste for dialogue with North Korea.
The tension between North Korea and the United States seems never-ending. The prevailing analysis is that Trump was bluffing, employing a strategy of calculated ambiguity to send a preemptive message amid talk of a possible ICBM launch or other provocation around the Workers' Party anniversary on October 10.
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Kim Jong Un, now and forever will be know as the "Little Rocket Man" a label that President Trump was credited with giving on his favorite social platform called Twitter. He tweeted about it again, this time decrying 25 years of United States foreign policy in dealing with the perceived North Korean threat.
"We currently are in a diplomatically led effort and how many times have you seen the UN Security Council vote unanimously, now twice in a row, to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea". "I have this bad gut feeling that they really want conflict on this".
Trump remarked last week that the current period may be the "calm before the storm".
Tillerson says that the State Department has "a couple of direct channels to Pyongyang" for humanitarian purposes and is hoping for a "peaceful resolution"; Trump tweets "Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" He was speaking at a conference in Washington last week.
North Korea's nuclear weapons are necessary "for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the USA imperialists", Kim, who is chairman of the party among many other titles, told the party's central committee at a meeting, according to a state media reports published Sunday.