‘We need to talk’: Trump to announce new strategy for North Korea
President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a new strategy Thursday to combat North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and to pursue diplomacy with the communist regime.
Trump is expected at his first Cabinet meeting of the Trump administration to outline a new plan for the administration to combat the rogue nation’s nuclear ambitions, which has increased in recent weeks as the U.S. prepares to host its largest-ever military exercise with South Korea and Japan in the spring.
The president is expected Wednesday to lay out the plan for confronting North Korea that includes new sanctions and other measures to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, according to two people familiar with the plan.
The administration is also expected to announce plans to improve intelligence sharing with allies to better detect North Korean nuclear and ballistic missiles launches, said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the U and South Korea are ready to discuss the plan with Pyongyang.
“We have a clear position and are ready for the dialogue with North Korea,” it said.
U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the Korean Peninsula are the largest since the U of A was forced to withdraw in 1994.
Trump last month threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued its provocative nuclear and missile tests.
The plan to respond to North Korea also would involve a new U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at curbing North Korea, according the people familiar.
Trump has threatened to use military force to punish North Korea and North Korea has responded by calling the president a “dotard” and a “son of a bitch.”
The administration has been negotiating with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and has agreed to meet with Kim, the sources said.
Trump’s announcement is expected in a call with the leader, who is expected Tuesday to attend a major meeting of his ruling party in North Korea.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
A former U.K. ambassador to the United Nations, Michael Ratner, said he is concerned about Trump’s strategy because he believes it would send the wrong message to the Kim regime.
Ratner said North Korea will likely have to use “toxic agents” and “bombs of mass destruction” to achieve its goal of a nuclear-armed nuclear superpower.
The U. S. is also looking for ways to use economic pressure and diplomacy to deter Kim from developing nuclear weapons, Ratner said.
He said Kim is not interested in dialogue and would rather “hit [the U. s] back harder.”
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