Trump Team Evaluating a Response to North Korean Aggression

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"Should former president Carter be able to visit North Korea, he would like to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North, and a complete denuclearisation of North Korea", Park Han-shik, a professor of global affairs at the University of Georgia, told South Korea's JoongAng Daily newspaper.

"The information gathering and discussion centered on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", Sanders said in this brief note.

Even an unofficial delegation led by Carter would need to be approved by the U.S. government following the recent introduction of a ban on American citizens travelling to North Korea.

"Our principal position is that we will never agree to any talks in which our nuclear weapons will be the subject of negotiations".

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Officials feared the rogue nation would test another missile or nuclear bomb on Monday or Tuesday as North Korean citizens celebrated the 11th anniversary of the country's first nuclear test and the foundation of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea.

"First of all, the US could propose North Korea suspend its nuclear tests and long-range missile tests and then move on to demand it suspend nuclear activities at the Yongbyon (nuclear complex)".

The same day, the United States flew two B-1B Lancer bombers near the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

But North Korea has resumed testing under Sung's son, Kim Jong Un, allowing Trump to argue that diplomacy has failed.

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On the same day as Trump's meeting with military leaders, the U.S. Air Force flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force, after North Korea had threatened to shoot down U.S. bombers conducting such tests.

In 1994, during Bill Clinton's presidency, he persuaded Kim Il-sung to freeze his country's nuclear programme in a deal that may have averted conflict with the US. Days later, Ri claimed the threats amounted to a "declaration of war" against Kim's regime.

Last week Trump stepped up his attacks on the North saying that talking with it does not work and "only one thing will work".

Following that statement, the tycoon commander and chief reiterated that in his view, North American policy toward North Korea has been flawed for 25 years. The policy did not work! Over the weekend, Kim said having nuclear weapons was a "powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia" against "protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists".

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