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On Wednesday, amid escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that the U.S. has been paying the adversarial nation “extortion money” for 25 years, adding that “talking is not the answer”:

The president's latest comments regarding North Korea come days after the country fired a missile over Japan, one of its most aggressive acts of escalation yet.

And according to leader Kim Jong Un, the launch over Japan was just the beginning of a series of missile tests in preparation for the country's planned attack near the American territory of Guam.

On Tuesday, the president firmly stated that “all options are on the table” following North Korea's latest missile test.

“The world has received North Korea[']s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior,” Trump said.

Trump has increasingly come under attack over his handling of the ongoing North Korean conflict. Former State Department official Joel Rubin told CNBC this week that the president's “fire and fury policy” has already “crashed and burned.”

And according to a new Pew Research Center survey, the majority of Americans are either “not too confident or not at all confident” in Trump making decisions regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

The president on Wednesday also further commented on his trip to Texas on Tuesday following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey, tweeting, “After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!”

He also tweeted some familiar attacks on the press, slamming what he called “false reporting and even ferocious anger in some dying magazines.” However, it wasn't immediately clear what the president was specifically referring to.

“It makes me wonder,” Trump added. “WHY? All I want to do is #MAGA!”

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selada(5 likes)To begin a military conflict with North Korea is risking another world war.  The consequences of US military activity would be like a game of dominos that could kill literally several million civilians, thousands of servicemen, and almost for the get go involve Japan, South korea and China taking sides.  Putin would use the conflict to seize Japanese islands that Russia has claimed for some years.  Probably within weeks NATO would be involved and we would have WW3.  The sooner Trump stops his ignorant bellicose hectoring, the sooner we can begin to find ways to neutralize rather than eradicate North Korea.
@IndiePatriot(4 likes)Trump is here ^^ and Mattis is here__. Stark contrast, thank God. I'm sick of Lil Kim too, but we need to be diplomatic for as long as possible before we end up in two wars simultaneously. (Did he forget ISIS?) And if an attack on NK is imminent, then we might want to employ a more Sun Tzu-like strategy versus blabbing off at the chops. RT, it's not what you do, it's HOW you do it.
@Droid(3 likes)Same is true for RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS .............. the absolute ONLY language they speak is the language of force/violence. The only way to defeat them is to KILL ALL of them. They are a determined enemy, and they are ready, willing, and able to kill us. The only way they will stop is if they are dead. While we may not want to engage North Korea in war, the reality is that they will not respond to any so-called diplomacy. Bill Clinton got us into this mess with North Korea by getting us into the North Korea Nuclear Deal ..... almost as bad as Barack Hussien Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal ............... and if you look back at Bill's speech after he got us into that horrible deal, his words were almost identical to Obama's words. They are both radical anti-Americans and they have unfortnately been successful in their initiatives to weaken America, while gaining vast personal fortunes, evn though they do not own businesses; they run foundations, and phony charities; they accept tens of millions of dollars from American labor unions, and other enemies of America in exchange for political favors.