President Trump warned North Korea that America’s nuclear capabilities are “much bigger [and] more powerful” than that of the Asian nation.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” Trump stated in a Jan. 2 tweet. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
At the end of 2017, Trump designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror again.
The “long overdue” designation will include new sanctions on North Korea, Trump stated throughout a Cabinet assembly. He stated the nation “has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil.”
North Korea was on the listing however was taken off by the Bush administration in 2008.
From calling on North Korean chief Kim Jong Un to come to the desk for negotiations relating to its nuclear weapons program to dubbing him “Rocket Man,” right here’s a take a look at what Trump has stated about North Korea over time.
The U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’
Trump took to social media on August 11 to proclaim that the U.S. army is “locked and loaded” in case “North Korea act[s] unwisely.”
‘Fire [and] fury’ isn’t ‘tough enough’
With the specter of nuclear violence rising, Trump warned North Korea on August eight that he would unleash “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
But when tensions continued to rise and North Korea threatened to assault Guam, Trump stated perhaps that remark wasn’t “tough enough.“
“Let’s see what [Kim Jong Un] does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before – what will happen in North Korea,” Trump stated on August. 10.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is “sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.”
Kim Jong Un is ‘not getting away with it’
Trump also said this week that Kim Jong Un has “disrespected our country greatly.”
“He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he’s not getting away with it,” Trump stated. “He got away with it for a long time, between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. It’s a whole new ball game.”
‘Strategic patience … is over’
After assembly with the South Korean president in Washington, D.C., in June, Trump said that the “era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed.”
“Frankly, that patience is over,” he stated.
As Trump made these feedback, the U.S. was rocked with the dying of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American school scholar who suffered in depth mind injury whereas being held captive for greater than a yr.
There are ‘worse things’ than assassinating Kim Jong Un
In an interview with CBS News in the course of the presidential marketing campaign, Trump stated he might “get China to make [Kim Jong Un] disappear in one form or another very quickly.”
When requested if he was speaking about assassinating the North Korean dictator, Trump shrugged.
“Well, you know, I’ve heard of worse things, frankly. I mean, this guy’s a bad dude – and don’t underestimate him,” Trump stated. “Any young guy that can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably wants the position, this is not somebody to be underestimated.”
‘What the hell is wrong with speaking?’
Trump told supporters at a marketing campaign rally in Atlanta that ought to Kim Jong Un need to come to the U.S., he can be “accept[ed].”
“I wouldn’t go there, that I can tell you. If he came here, I’d accept him, but I wouldn’t give him a state dinner like we do for China and all these other people that rip us off when we give them these big state dinners,” Trump stated in June 2016.
“What the hell is wrong with speaking?” Trump stated, referencing the criticism he acquired for being prepared to speak with North Korea. “It’s called opening a dialogue.”
During a GOP presidential debate in September 2015, Trump railed on the “maniac” in North Korea whereas answering a query about Planned Parenthood and women’s health issues.
“Nobody ever mentions North Korea, where you have this maniac sitting there, and he actually has nuclear weapons and somebody better start thinking about North Korea and perhaps a couple of other places. But certainly North Korea,” Trump stated.
“You have somebody right now in North Korea who has got nuclear weapons and who is saying almost every other week, ‘I’m ready to use them,’ and we don’t even mention it,” he continued.
China wants to clear up the issue
Even earlier than he was president, Trump urged China to step in and assist alleviate issues with North Korea.
“North Korea is reliant on China. China could solve this problem easily if they wanted to but they have no respect for our leaders,” Trump tweeted in March 2013.
“North Korea can’t survive, or even eat, without the help of China.”
In April 2013, Trump continued that line of considering, including that “North Korea can’t survive, or even eat, without the help of China.” He then accused China of “taunting” the U.S.
And on Nov. 29, Trump stated on Twitter that he spoke to China’s President Xi Jinping relating to the “provocative actions of North Korea.”
“Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled!” Trump stated.
But the subsequent day, Trump stated a Chinese envoy to North Korea “had no impact” on Kim Jong Un.
And on Dec. 28, Trump tweeted that he was “very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea.”
“There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump stated in a tweet that included the phrase, “Caught RED HANDED.”
In April 2013, Trump urged then-President Barack Obama to “be very careful” with the “28-year-old wack job in North Korea.”
“At some point we may have to get very tough,” he tweeted.
‘Negotiate like crazy’
Trump warned that the U.S. wanted to “do something to stop” North Korea in 1999 during an interview with the late Tim Russert on “Meet the Press.”
“Do you need to do it in 5 years once they have warheads all over, each certainly one of them pointing to New York City, to Washington and each considered one of us, is that whenever you need to do it, or would you like to do one thing now?” Trump stated. “You’d better do it now. And if they think you’re serious … they’ll negotiate and it’ll never come to that.”
He stated then that if he ever turned president, step one he would take can be to “negotiate like crazy” to ensure that the nation would “get the best deal possible.” Trump additionally predicted then that in “three or four years,” North Korea would have weapons aimed everywhere in the world, together with on the U.S.
No extra speaking
After North Korea stated it successfully launched a missile over Japan, a U.S. ally, and into the Pacific Ocean, Trump initially had a surprisingly subdued response.
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump stated in a written assertion after North Korea’s missile soared virtually 1,700 miles into the Pacific Ocean, triggering alert warnings in northern Japan and shudders all through Northeast Asia. “All options are on the table.”
The missile launch was stated to be a “precursor” to North Korea’s containment of the U.S. territory of Guam by chief Kim Jong Un, in accordance to state-run media.
But in a tweet Wednesday morning, the president prompt the U.S. is completed “talking” to North Korea.
“The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer,” Trump tweeted.
‘Rocket Man’ is on a ‘suicide mission’
After dubbing him “Rocket Man” in a tweet, Trump ultimately tried out the brand new nickname for Kim Jong Un during his inaugural address to the U.N. General Assembly.
During his speech, Trump vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if the nation so provokes him. He additionally stated Kim was “on a suicide mission.”
The North Korean ambassador to the U.N. left the room forward of Trump’s speech in a boycott.
‘Let’s make a deal’
While on his Asia journey, Trump has implored North Korea to “come to the table” for talks on its nuclear weapons program.
Trump’s request for North Korea to “make a deal” is in stark distinction to his earlier hardline rhetoric when it comes to the rogue nation.
“It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,” Trump stated throughout a information convention alongside South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Nov. 7.
He additionally stated he’s seen “a lot of progress” in coping with North Korea. However, he didn’t say if he needed direct diplomatic discussions to start.
Trump, did, nevertheless, name North Korea a “worldwide threat.”
In a joint information convention with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo the day earlier than, Trump repeated his assertion that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea was completed.
“Some people say my rhetoric is very strong but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric in the last 25 years,” Trump stated then.
‘Don’t attempt us’
In Asia, Trump issued a stern warning to North Korea, saying it might be a “fatal miscalculation” for the nation to assault the U.S. or an ally.
“This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past. Do not underestimate us. And do not try us,” Trump stated throughout an handle at South Korea’s National Assembly.
Trump reiterated his warning on Twitter.
North Korea “has interpreted America’s past restraint as weakness,” Trump stated.
After Trump’s remarks in Seoul, Pyongyang issued a warning of its personal.
“The U.S. must oust the lunatic old man from power and withdraw the hostile policy towards [North Korea] at once in order to get rid of the abyss of doom,” state-run Korean Central News Agency stated Wednesday. “The U.S. had better make a decisive choice … if it does not want a horrible nuclear disaster and tragic doom.”
Why cannot we be pals?
In a series of tweets Sunday from Vietnam, Trump stated he does not know why the North Korean dictator would “insult” him.
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” Trump said. “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
The remark got here after Kim Jong Un referred to Trump’s speech in South Korea as “reckless remarks by an old lunatic.”
State sponsor of terror
Trump re-designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror on Nov. 20, citing its help of “international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.”
During a Cabinet assembly, Trump introduced the designation will come together with new sanctions on the “murderous regime” as a part of the administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” in coping with North Korea. He stated these sanctions can be “the highest level of sanctions” on the North.
While giving a speech on tax reform at occasion in St. Charles, Mo., on Nov. 29, Trump digressed from the subject to name the North Korean chief a “sick puppy.”
His feedback drew hoots from the gang.
Good information or dangerous information?
Trump insinuated firstly of the brand new yr that sanctions and further “pressures” are having a “big impact on North Korea.”
“Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea,” Trump stated. Kim Jong Un “now wants to talk to South Korea for the first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not – we will see!”
In his tweet, Trump was seemingly referring to the current, dramatic escape of a minimum of two North Korean troopers throughout the closely militarized border into the southern nation. But he additionally alluded to Kim’s current feedback that appear to point out he’s prepared to ship a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be hosted in South Korea subsequent month.
The U.S. administration, nevertheless, might be suspicious of any effort by Kim to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington. Pyongyang might view a better relationship with Seoul has a approach for decreasing its rising worldwide isolation and aid from sanctions which might be beginning to chew the North’s meager financial system.
In his New Year’s tackle, Kim repeated fiery nuclear threats towards the United States. He stated he has a “nuclear button” on his workplace desk and warned that “the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike.”
Whose button is greater?
After Kim Jong Un warned Trump about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, Trump hit again on social media, arguing that his “Nuclear Button” is “bigger [and] more powerful.”
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” the president tweeted. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Kim had previously warned that the U.S. “should know that the button for nuclear war is on my table.”
“The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range,” he stated. “The United States can never start a war against me and our country.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.