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Sunday, September 03, 2017

After North Korea Nuclear Test, Trump Saves Harshest Words for South Korea - The New York Times - Dumb, Ignorant and just plain stupid. We have to get this fool out of office. He in incompetent and his injuring our country in ways that it will take years to recover from. He acts like a spoiled child when he does not get his way. #ImpeachTrumpNow

"WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday called North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date “very hostile and dangerous,” but his most significant rhetorical escalation was against South Korea, a close United States ally, which he accused of talking about “appeasement.”

Mr. Trump expressed his frustration in three sternly worded tweets early Sunday that were more muted than the previous taunts and threats he has directed at North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un.

“North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” he wrote at 7:30 a.m., about 10 hours after reports of a huge explosion, measured by the American authorities at a magnitude of 6.3, was detected in the area of a nuclear test site in the North.

As he has done in the past, Mr. Trump placed responsibility for responding to the crisis on North Korea’s closest neighbors, China and South Korea.

But he took a notably harsh line on Twitter against the new liberal government of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, amid an escalating dispute over trade that threatens to weaken a central partnership in the region as North Korea races to develop a nuclear warhead capable of striking the continental United States.

Mr. Moon has proposed military talks with the North, though Mr. Trump warned last week that “talking is not the answer.”

He was somewhat gentler in his criticism of North Korea’s primary patron, China, which has provided North Korea with an economic and diplomatic lifeline for decades.

In recent days, the president has said more sanctions, coupled with implied and explicit threats of military action, would motivate Pyongyang to change its behavior.

The Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said on Sunday that he planned to draft a new sanctions package that would cut economic ties with anyone who did business with North Korea.

“There’s a lot we can do to cut them off economically, much more than we’ve done,” Mr. Mnuchin said, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” He called Pyongyang’s actions “unacceptable” and stressed the need for stronger steps.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Sunday that the president and his national security team were monitoring the situation closely and would hold a meeting on the crisis later in the day.

Robert Einhorn, a former senior State Department nonproliferation expert, said Mr. Trump’s criticism of the South Korean leader was misguided."

After North Korea Nuclear Test, Trump Saves Harshest Words for South Korea - The New York Times

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