Trump's latest tweet signals military options for N. Korea: aide

Trump earlier told reporters that diplomatic efforts on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula have consistently failed and that "only one thing will work" in dealing with Pyongyang.

His tweets sound particularly ominous given his recent rhetoric on North Korea. The heads of two nuclear-armed nations have been trading insults and mock over the last few months.

"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid" he tweeted "...

While the implication is clearly meant to be something along the lines of a calamitous nuclear war, Trump appeared much more interested in elaborating on what in his opinion hasn't worked than offering any specifics on what the "one thing" is.

The next day, Trump wrote on his Twitter page that Tillerson "is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man" (nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un).

Mr. Trump did not make clear what that one thing was, but it was enough to grab the attention of the Korean leader. He tweeted about it again, this time decrying 25 years of United States foreign policy in dealing with the perceived North Korean threat.

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Earlier, he had indicated the possibility of military action against Pyongyang, remarking unprompted at a dinner with U.S. military leaders last week that the setting was the "calm before the storm", another remark which he has not shed light on. It should have been handled during the Obama administration. The US President ever since coming to power has been very vocal and bold about actions against such nations and groups. "Maybe now, nearly more than any other time, we need a great military".

"We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea", Mattis said.

Many experts and officials agree it is only a matter of time before Pyongyang develops a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland U.S.

"We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening, and it will be done if necessary, believe me".

The president emphasized again that he is "unhappy" with Iran's attitude and the 2015 deal under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief from US and other world powers.

  • Megan Austin