Politics Ex-ambassador: Trump 'trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans'

21:55  16 april  2017
21:55  16 april  2017 Source:   The Hill

Pentagon declines comment on NBC story on N. Korea

  Pentagon declines comment on NBC story on N. Korea <p>The Pentagon on Thursday declined to comment on an NBC report about possible pre-emptive action against North Korea, saying, as a policy, it does not discuss future operations "nor publicly speculate on possible scenarios."</p>"Commanders are always considering a full range of options to protect against any contingencies," Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement. Reuters had queried the Pentagon about the report.

President Trump is “ trying to out - North Korean the North Koreans ,” which “makes people nervous,” former Ambassador Christopher Hill told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “I think he’s trying to out - North Korean the North Koreans , so let’s see if that works,” said Hill

Christopher Hill said the threat posed by North Korea now was greater than in the past because of the country's recent successful missile tests | Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Ex - ambassador : Trump trying to ‘ out North Korean ’ the North Koreans ’.

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President Trump is "trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans," which "makes people nervous," former Ambassador Christopher Hill told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"I think he's trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans, so let's see if that works," said Hill, who previously served in the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations as ambassador to Macedonia, Poland, South Korea and Iraq.

North Korea's failed missile launch on Sunday has security experts debating how the Trump administration should respond to the country's growing nuclear ambitions.

Noodles, not nukes: many in South Korea ignore tensions

  Noodles, not nukes: many in South Korea ignore tensions <p>Many South Koreans marked "Black Day" on Friday, but it had nothing to do with concerns that North Korea may conduct a weapons test, or that the United States, the South's main ally, may launch a pre-emptive strike to stop it.</p>It had nothing to do with Good Friday or Black Friday either.

Christopher Hill said the threat posed by North Korea now was greater than in the past because of the country's recent successful missile tests. | AP Photo. Ex - ambassador : Trump trying to ' out North Korean ' the North Koreans '.

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Some have suggested the U.S. install nuclear weapons in South Korea that could defend against a North Korean attack, while others have speculated about a potential plan to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump has responded with heated rhetoric and military maneuvering that has many wondering how far he'll go to counter an aggressive Pyongyang.

But Hill warned the president is not in a position to "bluff."

"Great powers can't really bluff," Hill added. "So when you talk in those terms, you've got to be prepared to back it up. And I guess that's what worries people the most."

"Certainly it makes people nervous when they're not quite sure what he means by it," Hill said.

South Korea slams Trump’s ‘shocking ignorance’ after he says Korea was part of China .
<p>South Koreans want to clarify whether China’s leader did, in fact, relay a Chinese nationalist version of history.</p>The president made the comments during an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, claiming that Chinese President Xi Jinping had given him an overview of the region’s history when the pair spent time together at Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago golf resort.

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