Trump and North Korea

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Trump tweets “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!“

02/01/2017
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Trump states “North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of“

13/04/2017
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Trump tweets “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!“

28/04/2017
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Trump tweets “After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!“

08/08/2017
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Trump tweets “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”

17/09/2017
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Trump gives speech to United Nations, stating that “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission” and threatening “total destruction” should North Korea attach the US.

19/09/2017
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Trump tweets “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes”

20/09/2017
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Trump tweets “After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes”

21/09/2017
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Trump tweets “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”

22/09/2017
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Trump tweets “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!”

23/09/2017
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Trump tweets ”I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man...”

01/10/2017
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Trump tweets ”Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail.”

01/10/2017
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Trump tweets “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid......”

07/10/2017
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Trump tweets “Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn't work!”

09/10/2017
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Trump tweets “The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear & ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, & commmitment it has made to the U.S. and its allies. It's broken all of those commitments...”

07/11/2017
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North Korea issues a statement through State media “It is also nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate ‘allies,’” the statement continued “He boasted about the ‘overwhelming superiority of U.S. power’ and ‘peace through strength.’ But he needs to be well advised that it is the stand of the DPRK to defend our sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S.”

11/11/2017
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Trump tweets “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ”old,” when I would NEVER call him ”short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!“

12/11/2017
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North Korea 'sentences Trump to death' for insulting Kim Jong Un

15/11/2017
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Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

20/11/2017
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Russia says Donald Trump is provoking North Korea into nuclear war

25/11/2017
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Kim Jung Un released a New Year message on January 1, 2018: The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.

01/01/2018
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Trump claims he has a 'Bigger Button' than Kim Jung Un

02/01/2018
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North Korea’s ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun calls trumps tweet “the spasm of a lunatic.”

16/01/2018

 

Kim Jung Un released a New Year message on January 1, 2018: “The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.”

 

Donald Trump quote threatening North Korea - North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. Kim Jong Un caricature cartoon. APT

Trump gives speech at United Nations on September 19

During a speech to the United Nations, Trump reflects on North Korea and says:

“We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders and respect for culture.

“Those who threaten us with chaos and turmoil and terror.

“The scourge of our nations today is a small group.

“If the righteous men do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.

“No one has shown more contempt for their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.

“We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American student was “returned to America, only to die.

“We know it kidnapped a sweet 13 year old girl from a beach in her own country to kidnap her.

“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with North Korea, but arm it.

“The United States has great strength and patience.

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself, and his whole regime.”

Donald Trump quote threatening North Korea - Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself, and his whole regime. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump caricature cartoon. APT

Kim Jong Un releases video about Trump

On September 22 Kim Jong Un releases a video where he states

“We will consider with seriousness taking a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.

“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue. Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.”

“Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say,” before saying that Trump is a “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire”, warning that he would “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

Kim Jong Un on Donald Trump - Action is the best option in treating the dotard. Kim Jong Un caricature APT

Dotard – is defined as “an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile”.

Donald Trump Dotard - An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. Donald Trump caricature cartoon. APT

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, speaking outside a hotel in New York stated

“Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer. He declared a war on our country.”

“All the member states (of the United Nations) and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country.”

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”

Trump tells Tillerson that he is wasting his time with North Korea

On September 30, Tillerson told the press,

“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” according to the New York Times. “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang,”

Trump tweeted the following day, October 1

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…”

Donald Trump to Rex Tillerson - he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man... Trump and Tillerson caricature APT

Later in the day, President Trump tweeted again about North Korea, “Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.”

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said North Korea “will not obtain a nuclear capability. Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime,” in a tweet

China’s UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi responded, by saying

“We want things to calm down. It’s getting too dangerous and it’s in nobody’s interest

“We certainly hope that they will see that there is no other way than negotiations to solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula 

“The alternative is a disaster.” 

During a speech in Washington, South Korea foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said

“It is very likely that North Korea will conduct further provocations

“It is imperative that we, Korea and the US together, manage the situation… in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control.”

Reaction to war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim caricature APT

North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong Un November 14 2017

North Korea’s state media has criticised Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong Un, saying

“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,”

“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”

Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism November 20 2017

Trump has officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a provocative diplomatic move.

North Korea joins Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that the State Department identifies as those that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

“Should have happened a long time ago,” Trump told reporters at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House.

“This just continues to tighten the pressure on the Kim regime,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “all with an intention to have him understand that this is only going to get worse until you are ready to come and talk.”

Rex Tillerson quote - “This just continues to tighten the pressure on the Kim regime.” Rex Tillerson cartoon and Caricature APT

North Korea talks about a ‘Button for Nuclear Weapons on January 1, 2018

Kim Jung Un, the head of secretive, North Korea had released a New Year message on January 1, 2018:

“The United States should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table.” 

“The entire U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range.”

“When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment. Both the North and the South should make efforts.”

Trump claims he has a ‘Bigger Button’ than Kim Jung Un on January 2, 2018

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

Trump responds to the news from North Korea that Kim Jung Un has a Nuclear Button with a boast that his button is bigger and more powerful.

Following heightened tensions with North Korea and the world and North Korea’s sudden attempt to open up communications with South Korea, surely the President of the most powerful country of the world doesn’t need to antagonize the dictator of a country which owns Nuclear Weapons?

Trump Claims he has a Bigger Button than Kim Jung Un - I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works. Caricature Cartoon APT

George Bush’s ethics lawyer, Richard Painter stated:

“This Tweet alone is grounds for removal from office under the 25th Amendment, this man should not have nukes.”

North Korea calls Trump’s ‘size of nuclear button tweet as the ‘spasm of a lunatic’ January 16, 2018

North Korea’s ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun has responded to Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jung Il by calling it,

“the spasm of a lunatic.”

The article goes on to say:

“The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and the people if the DPRK.”

“He is making bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath.”

Donald Trump tweets he has a 'bigger button', in response North Korea responds that 'it was the spasm of a lunatic.' Caricature cartoon APT

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