Trump spoke Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the Blue House readout of the call said the United States president promised he wouldn't attack North Korea while the two Asian nations hold talks.
Asked if he had spoken with Mr Kim, the President said cryptically: "I don't want to comment on it".
Trump's statements on NAFTA negotiations are similarly ambiguous. According to its supporters, it boosts GDP in all affected countries, and it's conceivable that a better deal would have larger growth effects in the United States, which the U.S. could then tax to pay for the wall.
"I think the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge that you have on this process", Sanders retorted, adding that the president's tweet "wasn't confusing to me". They noted that the geographical features of the Korean Peninsula provide no opportunity for the gradual, methodical buildup of troops to create a superior strike force-as was the case before the USA attacked Iraq-and that North Korea would immediately notice such actions and naturally regard them as a casus belli. "In return, this will lead to more sales", Lynch added.
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The North, however, has refused to do so, arguing that its development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles is necessary to deter a potential attack by the U.S. Yet he has done so without surrendering any of North Korea's nuclear ambitions. As part of this approach, the United Nations has leveled harsh sanctions against the reclusive country as a result of its military activities. In their eyes, the Pentagon is rehearsing elements of a coordinated military operation one step at a time.
The comments follow the staging of the first high-level inter-Korean talks since December 2015 after Kim made peaceful overtures towards his southern neighbors during his annual New Years Day speech.
The two Koreas said they agreed that Pyongyang will send a "high-level delegation, representatives of National Olympic Committee, athletes, cheering and performing art squads, a taekwondo demonstration team, and reporters" to the upcoming games - which take place in February and early March.
The talks occurred after the USA and South Korea agreed to postpone any large-scale military exercises on the Korean Peninsula until after the games.
Indeed, with Trump in the White House, paranoia about a nuclear strike in the U.S.is edging back toward Cold War levels.
Meanwhile, McMaster flew to the opposite end of the spectrum, saying the chance of war was "increasing every day" and telling BBC News the us would "compel the denuclearization of North Korea without the cooperation of that regime" if needed. This is good for the prepper industry, but perhaps not so good for America's collective mental health.
The Trump administration is debating a "bloody nose" attack on North Korea, recent reports say, with the president's inner circle split and apparently teetering between endorsing a strike and holding out hope for diplomacy.
This might help explain why a growing number of Americans are seeking comfort by investing in bomb shelters and nuclear radiation emergency kits.