Trump says North Korea diplomacy has failed, ‘Only one thing will work’

U.S. President Donald Trump. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 October 2017
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Trump says North Korea diplomacy has failed, ‘Only one thing will work’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.”
Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.
It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!“
The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country.
The mercurial American president also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea, and the Daesh group that this “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.
Last week, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.
The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between US and North Korean officials.


Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

Updated 26 April 2018
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Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

MANILA, Philippines: An Australian nun whose missionary visa in the Philippines was revoked after the president complained about her joining opposition rallies says social advocacy and human rights are part of church teachings.
The Immigration Bureau gave Sister Patricia Fox 30 days to leave the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into the 71-year-old as an “undesirable” foreigner over what it called her partisan activities.
Fox is a coordinator of an order of Roman Catholic nuns and has been working with the Filipino poor for almost 30 years.
She told reporters she has no regrets over her public advocacy, such as calls for the release of prisoners who say they’re held for political views.
Duterte has been criticized for a war on drugs that left thousands mostly urban poor dead.