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trump engages in button-measuring contest with kim jong un


associated presswashington — my nuclear button is bigger — and better — than your nuclear button.that’s the message from president donald trump to north korea’s kim jong un.trump is tweeting in response to kim’s declaration earlier this week that he has a button for nuclear weapons on his table and the entire u.s. mainland is now within strike range.trump asks if someone from kim’s “depleted and food starved regime” can “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!”trump does not actually have a nuclear button on his desk. the nuclear “football” is carried by a rotating group of military officers everywhere the president goes.






trump tweets his 'nuclear button' is 'more powerful' than kim jong un's


jan. 2, 2018, 5:38 p.m. here's our look at the trump administration and the rest of washington.






the latest: trump says his 'nuclear button' is bigger


washington — the latest on president donald trump and north korea (all times local):7:50 p.m.my nuclear button is bigger — and better — than your nuclear button.that's the message from president donald trump to north korea's kim jong un.trump is tweeting in response to kim's declaration earlier this week that he has a button for nuclear weapons on his table and the entire u.s. mainland is now within strike range.trump asks if someone from kim's "depleted and food starved regime" can "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!"trump does not actually have a nuclear button on his desk. the nuclear "football" is carried by a rotating group of military officers everywhere the president goes.__4 p.m.president do






kim jong un says he has a nuclear launch button on his office desk


seoul—north korean leader kim jong un said in a speech monday that pyongyang had completed its nuclear weapons program, which could reach any point in the continental u.s., though it extended an apparent olive branch to south korea. mr. kim said “a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” during an annual televised new year’s address. he called on washington to acknowledge that north korea had weapons that could deter any military attack from the u.s. ...






kim jong un says he has a nuclear launch button on his office desk


seoul—north korean leader kim jong un said in a speech monday that pyongyang had “completed” its nuclear weapons program and could reach any point in the continental u.s., though it extended an apparent olive branch to south korea.“there is a nuclear button installed on the desk in my office,” mr. kim said during an annual televised new year’s address, calling on washington to acknowledge the “reality” that north korea had weapons that could deter any military attack from the u.s. ...






kim jong un says he has a nuclear launch button on his office desk


seoul—north korean leader kim jong un said in a speech monday that pyongyang had completed its nuclear weapons program, which could reach any point in the continental u.s., though it extended an apparent olive branch to south korea, potentially putting the two allies in an awkward position. mr. kim said “a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” during an annual televised new year’s address. he called on washington to acknowledge that north korea had weapons that could deter any military attack from the u.s. ...






north korean leader kim jong un says he has 'nuclear button' but won't use unles


north korean leader kim jong un boasted in an annual new year's day speech monday that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the entire united states was within range of his weapons - but he also vowed not to attack unless threatened.kim promised to focus this year on producing nuclear warheads and missiles for operational deployment, adding that the united states could now "never start a war against me or our country."but he also struck a conciliatory note, opening the door to dialogue with south korea and saying he would consider sending a delegation to the winter olympics to be held in his southern neighbor in february."the united states should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table," he said during the nationally televised speech, according to a provisional tran






north korean leader kim jong un says he has 'nuclear button' but won't use unles


north korean leader kim jong un boasted in an annual new year's day speech monday that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the entire united states was within range of his weapons - but he also vowed not to attack unless threatened.kim promised to focus this year on producing nuclear warheads and missiles for operational deployment, adding that the united states could now "never start a war against me or our country."but he also struck a conciliatory note, opening the door to dialogue with south korea and saying he would consider sending a delegation to the winter olympic games to be held in his southern neighbor in february."the united states should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table," he said during the nationally televised speech, according to a provisional






kim jong un offers opening to south korea but warns of nuclear option


seoul—north korean leader kim jong un said in a speech monday that pyongyang had completed its nuclear weapons program, which could reach any point in the continental u.s., though it extended an apparent olive branch to south korea, potentially putting the two allies in an awkward position. mr. kim said “a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office,” during an annual televised new year’s address. he called on washington to acknowledge that north korea had weapons that could deter any military attack from the u.s. ...






trump again looks to china to help rein in north korea after nuclear test


(afp/getty images)president trump on sunday  called north korea a “rogue nation” and a threat to the united states, hours after pyongyang announced it had detonated a thermonuclear device, its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.in tweets responding to the north korean move, trump seemed to put the onus on china to rein in the government of kim jong un. beijing is by far north korea’s largest trading partner, but china has so far rebuffed the notion that responsibility to slow or halt north korea’s nuclear and missile programs should fall on it.china is by far north korea's biggest trading partner, but trump on sunday appeared to be more critical of south korean president moon jae-in, who has attempted to reach out to the north. north korea came under worldwide condemnation for th






north korea conducts most powerful nuclear test yet | north korea news


north korea's sixth nuclear testpyongyang confirms hydrogen bomb testinternational community condemns, including russia and north's ally chinanato, iaea issue concerntest marks sixth nuclear experiment since october 2006south korea calls for tougher un sanctions, further isolation of northtrump tweets: n korea is a rogue nation, great threat, embarassment to chinanorth korea has carried out its sixth nuclear test - the most powerful blast to date - drawing the ire of the international community as the standoff with the united states continues to intensify.the official korean central news agency (kcna) said the hydrogen bomb test on sunday morning, ordered by leader kim jong-un, was a "perfect success".it was pyongyang's first nuclear test since us president donald trump took office, and ma






q&a: trump, n. korea — a potential train wreck in motion


what is different in the latest u.s. dust-up with north korea?what could possibly go wrong?threats and bluster are part of a familiar and long-running game of brinkmanship between the u.s. and north korea, but this time the situation has been made more dangerous by two volatile new players: kim jong un and donald trump.the current incarnation of north korea’s ruling dynasty, kim jong un, is in his early 30s — and a less predictable character than his father, kim jong il. in little more than five years in office, he has executed his uncle, likely ordered the assassination of his half brother and redoubled efforts to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the united states.then, there is president trump, often prone to impulse and almost always undiplomatic, only 12 weeks in office and






trump sounds open to korea dialogue, then mocks kim jong un


washington — president donald trump sounded open tuesday to the possibility of an inter-korean dialogue after north korean leader kim jong un made a rare overture toward south korea in a new year's address. but trump's ambassador to the united nations insisted talks would not be meaningful unless the north was getting rid of its nuclear weapons, and trump later boasted that his "nuclear button" is bigger and more powerful than kim's.in a morning tweet, trump said the u.s.-led campaign of sanctions and other pressure were beginning to have a "big impact" on north korea. he referred to the recent, dramatic escape of at least two north korean soldiers across the heavily militarized border into south korea. he also alluded to kim's comments monday that he was willing to send a delegation to th






north korea: a potential train wreck in motion


what could possibly go wrong?as north korea is reported to be preparing for yet another salvo in the form of a nuclear or missile test, diplomats foresee a chain of events they fear could escalate into a deadly new korean war.threats and bluster are part of a familiar and long-running game of brinksmanship between washington and pyongyang, but this time it has been made more dangerous by two volatile new players — kim jong un and donald trump.the current incarnation of north korea’s ruling dynasty, kim jong un, is in his early 30s — a callow youth and a less predictable character than his father, kim jong il. in little more than five years in office, he has executed his uncle, ordered the assassination of his half-brother and redoubled efforts to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reachin






north korea: a potential train wreck in motion


what could possibly go wrong?as north korea is reported to be preparing for yet another salvo in the form of a nuclear or missile test, diplomats foresee a chain of events they fear could escalate into a deadly new korean war.threats and bluster are part of a familiar and long-running game of brinksmanship between washington and pyongyang, but this time, it has been made more dangerous by two volatile new players — kim jong un and donald trump.the current incarnation of north korea’s ruling dynasty, kim jong un, is in his early 30s — a callow youth and a less predictable character than his father, kim jong il. in little more than five years in office, he has executed his uncle, ordered the assassination of his half-brother and redoubled efforts to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reachi






kim jong un says he has complete nuclear arsenal and a button on his desk


north korea's leader said the entire u.s. mainland is within range of his weapons.        






kim says us should know north korean nuclear force a reality


tokyo (ap) — north korean leader kim jong un says the united states should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat.kim was speaking in his annual new year’s day address. he said the country had achieved the historic feat of “completing” its nuclear forces and added that the has a “nuclear button” on his desk.the customary new year’s address was broadcast monday morning on north korean state television.






u.s. orders ‘rocket man’ kim jong un to ditch nuclear weapons


washington—the white house on sunday reiterated its position that north korean leader kim jong un must give up his nuclear weapons, days after president donald trump hinted again at a military strike on the north.white house national security adviser h.r. mcmaster said sunday the u.s. policy remains that north korea must denuclearize. pyongyang shows no signs of halting the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, launching...






seth meyers on trump's little red button


trump has a little red button on his desk––which you may or may not have heard about. don’t worry, it’s not the nuclear button. it’s for ordering cokes. that and much more on this seth meyers segment.full story at youtube.more humor. posted by josh urich






mattis warns n korea of 'massive military response' | usa news


the us will launch a "massive military response" to any threats from north korea, the pentagon chief has said, after the asian country conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet.james mattis' strong warning came just hours after north korea carried out its sixth nuclear test - the most powerful blast to date.north korea's 6th nuclear test"any threat to the united states or its territories, including guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming," mattis said on sunday.in his remarks, mattis said: "kim jong-un should take heed of the united nations security council's unified voice. all members unanimously agreed on the threat north korea poses and remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearisation of the korean penin






philippine leader says someone should talk to kim jong un


manila, philippines — philippine president rodrigo duterte said someone should talk to north korean leader kim jong un to convince him nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country."a nuclear war is totally unacceptable to everybody," duterte said sunday before flying to japan, where he is on a two-day visit. "and somebody has to talk to kim jong un."duterte said north korea's nuclear threat is among issues he will discuss with prime minister shinzo abe in tokyo and with president donald trump when trump visits manila next month.he suggested the u.s., japan, south korea, and others assure kim nobody is threatening him and to ask him to stop threating a nuclear attack."it would be good if america, japan, korea, and mr. kim jong un talk and to convince him to sit down on a round table a






trump says he would meet with north korean leader under "right circumstances"


president donald trump floated the possibility of meeting north korean dictator kim jong un in an interview with bloomberg news on monday. "if it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, i would absolutely, i would be honored to do it," mr. trump said. "if it's under the, again, under the right circumstances. but i would do that.""most political people would never say that," mr. trump added, "but i'm telling you under the right circumstances i would meet with him."playvideoface the nationpence discusses his recent trip to asia amid north korea tensions the vice president spoke with cbs news' john dickerson behind the scenes of president trump's rally in harrisburg, pennsylvania. no sitting american president has ever met with a north korean leader, although former president jimmy cart






kim jong un is mocked by trump in tweet about call with south korea's leader


with tensions running high over north korea, president trump on sunday mocked its mercurial leader, kim jong un, referring to him as “rocket man.”trump, who is spending the weekend at his new jersey golf property, said on twitter that he had spoken saturday evening with south korea’s president, moon jae-in, and that the two had discussed pyongyang’s latest actions, including the firing of two missiles that overflew japan and a test detonation of the north's most powerful nuclear device yet.the white house was more circumspect in a readout of the call, saying that in their conversation, trump and moon had “committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities.”meanwhile, national security advisor h.r. mcmaster said on abc’s “this week” that trump was determ






kim jong un is mocked by trump in tweet about call with south korea's leader


with tensions running high over north korea, president trump on sunday mocked its mercurial leader, kim jong un, referring to him as “rocket man.”trump, who is spending the weekend at his new jersey golf property, said on twitter that he had spoken saturday evening with south korea’s president, moon jae-in, and that the two had discussed pyongyang’s latest actions, including the firing of two missiles that overflew japan and a test detonation of the north's most powerful nuclear device yet.the white house was more circumspect in a readout of the call, saying that in their conversation, trump and moon had “committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities.”meanwhile, national security advisor h.r. mcmaster said on abc’s “this week” that trump was determ






with north korea, we do have cards to play


alex brandon, the associated presspresident donald trump and chinese president xi jinping walk together at mar-a-lago resort in palm beach, fla., on april 7. the u.s. is pressuring beijing to use its clout with north korea to rein in its nuclear and missile programs.the crisis with north korea may appear trumped up. it’s not.given that pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? because north korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. the regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the united states — and thus destroy an american city at a kim jong un push of a button.the north koreans are not bluffing. they’ve made significant progress with solid-fuel rockets, which are mo






as trump and kim jong-un unleash war rhetoric, allies urge a slower hand


ahead of another test of north korea's nuclear capabilities expected to occur as soon as this weekend, washington is ratcheting up the rhetoric against the hermit kingdom and putting on a show of military strength, including moving an aircraft carrier strike group into position around the korean peninsula. the buildup of firepower and tough talk comes just before the 105th anniversary of the birth of kim il sung, north korea's founding father and grandfather of the current ruler. the date is often a tense time for the region, as it is traditionally marked by displays of military strength, including missile launches. president donald trump has been vocal about the impending north korean tests all week, calling the deployment of an aircraft carrier and other ships to the area "an armada," wh






south korea offers to hold high-level talks with north korea to discuss olympics


north korean leader kim jong un boasted in an annual new year's day speech monday that he had a nuclear button on his desk and that the entire united states was within range of his weapons - but he also vowed not to attack unless threatened. kim promised to focus this year on producing nuclear... (simon denyer)






in new year's day speech, north korean leader proudly declares his country a nuc


for north korea watchers, a key question ahead of monday’s much-anticipated new year’s speech from kim jong un was how the young leader would frame the nation’s advances on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.did last year’s tests of intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the united states — and a powerful underground hydrogen bomb detonation — accomplish his goal of establishing a modern nuclear state?or would kim proclaim that more effort would be necessary in 2018?kim’s message seemed clear: the north had achieved its longtime goal of becoming a nuclear power — a defense capability he said would protect him and the nation from armed conflict with the united states.“the extraordinary achievement our party, our nation and our people made last year is accomplishing the great hist






in new year's day speech, north korean leader proudly declares his country a nuc


for north korea watchers, a key question ahead of monday’s much-anticipated new year’s speech from kim jong un was how the young leader would frame the nation’s advances on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.did last year’s tests of intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the united states — and a powerful underground hydrogen bomb detonation — accomplish his goal of establishing a modern nuclear state?or would kim proclaim that more effort would be necessary in 2018?kim’s message seemed clear: the north had achieved its longtime goal of becoming a nuclear power — a defense capability he said would protect him and the nation from armed conflict with the united states.“the extraordinary achievement our party, our nation and our people made last year is accomplishing the great hist






trump to us diplomat: don't bother talking to n korea | usa news


us president donald trump dismissed the prospect of talks with north korea as a waste of time a day after his secretary of state said the united states was maintaining open lines of communication with north korean leader kim jong-un."i told rex tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man," trump wrote on twitter, using his sarcastic nickname for kim and seeming to contradict the top us diplomat.trump, who has traded insults and threats with kim in recent weeks amid escalating tensions over pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, later tweeted that his white house predecessors, bill clinton, george w bush and barack obama, had all "failed" on north korea by "being nice to rocket man"."so why would it work now?" he a






mattis warns n korea of 'massive military response' | usa news


the us will launch a "massive military response" to any threats from north korea, secretary of defense james mattis said after pyongyang conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet. north korea's 6th nuclear test"any threat to the united states or its territories, including guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming," mattis told reporters on sunday.he added: "kim jong-un should take heed of the united nations security council's unified voice. all members unanimously agreed on the threat north korea poses and remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. "we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely north korea, but as i said, we have many options to do so."mattis






mattis warns n korea of 'massive military response' | usa news


the united states will launch a "massive military response" to any threats from north korea, the pentagon chief has said after the asian country conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet.james mattis' strong warning came just hours after north korea carried out its sixth nuclear test - the most powerful blast to date.north korea's 6th nuclear test"any threat to the united states or its territories, including guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming," mattis said on sunday.in his remarks, mattis said: "kim jong-un should take heed of the united nations security council's unified voice. all members unanimously agreed on the threat north korea poses and remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the ko






north korea's kim jong-un issues threats and olive branch


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption residents of south korea watched the speech from the north's leader north korea's leader kim jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is "always on my table" and warned the us it will never be able to start a war.in a televised new year speech, he said the entire us was within range of north korean nuclear weapons, adding: "this is reality, not a threat."but he also offered a potential olive branch to south korea, suggesting he was "open to dialogue". north korea may also send a team to the winter olympics in seoul, he said.what is president trump's reaction?when asked by reporters to respond to mr kim's latest threats, us president donald trump said, "we'll see, we'll see".he was speaking at the sidelines of new year's eve celebrations at his mar-a






trump to us diplomat: don't bother talking to n korea | usa news


us president donald trump dismissed the prospect of talks with north korea as a waste of time a day after his secretary of state said the united states was maintaining open lines of communication with north korean leader kim jong-un."i told rex tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man," trump wrote on twitter, using his sarcastic nickname for kim and seeming to contradict the top us diplomat.trump, who has traded insults and threats with kim in recent weeks amid escalating tensions over pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, later tweeted that his white house predecessors, bill clinton, george w bush and barack obama, had all "failed" on north korea by "being nice to rocket man"."so why would it work now?" he a






trump not ruling out pre-emptive north korea strike


president donald trump does not rule out military action against north korea if leader kim jong un conducts a sixth nuclear test. “if he does a nuclear test, i will not be happy,” trump said in an interview aired sunday on cbs’s “face the nation” to mark his first 100 days in office. “and i believe…






is there a way to avoid war on the korean peninsula? | usa


the situation on the korean peninsula - with the clear risk of a third world war - is the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue humanity currently faces. the insanity of this situation is akin to two madmen - "rocket man" and "dotard" as they like to call each other - rapidly accelerating towards one another on a train-track. as they hurtle towards each other, us president donald trump is unequivocal that he will not cancel the war games that are so provocative to north korean leader kim jong-un, while demanding his opponent give up his nuclear arsenal. in reply, kim shouts he will not talk to trump while military exercises are being conducted next door, and his country will never give up its nuclear deterrent.kim jong-un is accelerating from one direction, in clear defiance of






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