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Jim Mattis responds to Trump tweet: ‘No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions’ on North Korea

August 30, 2017

Jim Mattis responds to Trump tweet: ‘No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions’ on North Korea, Washinton ExaminerJamie McIntyre, August 30, 2017

(“Diplomatic solutions” for North Korea’s persistent nuclearization, tried many times, have never worked. Why does Mattis claim that “we are never out of diplomatic solutions,” suggesting that we should try again? Please see also, An Ideological Coup against Trump? — DM)

Trump appeared to be signaling that the administration was shifting tactics a day after a White House statement said “all options are on the table.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday said diplomatic solutions are still on the table when it comes to North Korea, after he was asked to respond to a tweet by President Trump that said “talking is not the answer.”

“No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions,” Mattis said in a brief interchange with pool reporters before meeting with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo in the Pentagon. “We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations, and our interests, which is what we are here to discuss today.”

Earlier in the morning, Trump tweeted that “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!”

Trump appeared to be signaling that the administration was shifting tactics a day after a White House statement said “all options are on the table.” Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have repeatedly said the top priority should be a diplomatic solution with North Korea.

That White House statement was a response to North Korea’s launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Monday, which flew over Japan before hitting the Pacific Ocean east of Japan.

That White House statement was a response to North Korea’s launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Monday, which flew over Japan before hitting the Pacific Ocean east of Japan.

The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un remains defiant in the face of U.S., U.N. and international demands that he halt missile testing and the continued development of nuclear weapons.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as calling Monday’s missile launch “a curtain-raiser” and “the first step of the military operation” aimed at “containing Guam.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the test “absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible,” noting that North Korea has violated “every single security council resolutions have had.”

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