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'Kim Jong Un is acting very very badly,' says Trump

Posted March. 21, 2017 07:11,   

Updated March. 21, 2017 07:17


U.S. President Donald Trump criticized North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again. The president told reporters on board Air Force One, “He is acting very very badly,” as he prepared to return to Washington from a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “I had meetings on North Korea there,” Trump added.

Although he did not specify with whom or what was discussed, Fox News said he appears to have referred to the test-firing of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine by the rogue state.

After U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson said during his visit to East Asia, “The U.S. would consider all options... might consider having Japan and South Korea develop their own nuclear weapons,” controversy was stirred over the effectiveness of military actions against North Korea, including a preemptive strike, in Washington

Military options considered by the administration including State Secretary Tillerson can be summarized into three, all of which involves risks, reported The New York Times, which has opposed the hawkish stance of the Trump administration. The newspaper said it is not easy to strike a launch pad in advance as North Korea can launch a missile in a reclusive area such as a tunnel using a mobile launch pad, if it is a single attack to prevent missile launches. In addition, as the U.S. cannot identify all related facilities in selective nuclear and missile strikes, it might escalate into an all-out war due to North Korea’s counterattack.

Seung-Heon Lee ddr@donga.com