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Baroud – Al Jazeera Centre for Studies: No Good Options in North Korea

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In a barrage of tweets from his New Jersey golf course, US President Donald Trump formulated his country’s foreign policy in the strangest way possible. Not only did he dismiss any possible diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea using social media, he publicly told his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson not to bother exploring the diplomatic option with Pyongyang.

Tillerson is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man,” Trumped tweeted in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Part of a larger war of words between the North Korean and US leaders, the “rocket man” reference was originally made by Trump at his first United Nations appearance last September.

True, the nature of the rhetoric in Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to “totally destroy North Korea” was not entirely new to his uniquely bizarre political discourse. But Trump alone cannot be blamed for Washington’s failure to navigate a successful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, which threatens US allies in East Asia and the Pacific.

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