Trump Finally Breaks His Silence On North Korea: "Talking Is Not The Answer!"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following the latest missile launch from North Korea, which sparked panic as it flew over Japan before splashing down in the Pacific, Trump remained noticeably silent on the topic...until now.  In a new tweet this morning, Trump has finally broken his silence saying "talking is not the answer!" to solve the North Korea crisis.

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!"


As Bloomberg pointed out yesterday, the delayed Trump tweet on the topic was likely the result of a new process put in place by Chief of Staff Kelly to assure that responses to such crises go through formal White House channels rather than 'off-the-cuff" tweets.

Coming less than a week after Trump said Kim Jong Un was “starting to respect” the U.S., the test-firing was a provocation and required a clear response. So the team activated a process put in place by Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly in anticipation of just such a crisis.


The idea was to reach out first to reassure allies and ensure the initial response came not as an off-the-cuff presidential tweet but a statement that reflected measured thinking, according to people familiar with the process, who asked not to be identified discussing internal policy.


Deliberations were cut off early in the evening as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster -- who was joined in his office by Tillerson for the calls on how to respond -- prepared a statement for President Donald Trump’s approval, the people said.


The response, announced Tuesday morning in Washington, said North Korea’s latest launches “signaled contempt” for its neighbors and restated the U.S. position that “all options are on the table.”

Meanwhile, stocks were at least momentarily 'triggered' by Trump's tweet this morning even though we fully expect the "buy the dip" crowd to emerge any moment.

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NugginFuts's picture

Nuking them off the planet is?

Serious question: How long will the PPT keep saving the "market" from Trump?

bearwinkle's picture

Sounds like a good start!

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So fucking do something about it then, clown. 

BaBaBouy's picture

Run For Cover, Here Come The Twump Tweets ...

peddling-fiction's picture

WW2´s hostilities started on September 1st.

The day after tomorrow.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Wondering if Intel agencies are starting to realize that relying on digital Intel as the primary means is not worth a crap when the target doesn't have a digital infrastructure.  So, why don't the Intel Agencies know every move Fat Boy is going to take?  Why can't they track all the military leadership of "The Best Korea"?  But they do know every key stroke I make on my computer, don't they. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture


War-Monger-In-Chief, Donald Trump received 5 draft deferrals from the Vietnam medical.

Fortunately, the debilitating bone spurs in his heels haven't effected his golf game.


My main memory of playing golf with Donald Trump—preserved with more care now that he's the president—is that he really went after the ball hard. But the interesting thing is that though Trump's action might have looked a little reckless, it soon became clear that it was quite under control.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Hedgeless,

Mind boggling how much peace & Non intervention around the World the US could of shared if many of these sycophants would have served.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Talking to thugs certainly fixed Chicago and Detroit. Why wouldn't it work with NK?

Oh, wait...

PrayingMantis's picture

... and here's some reality check ...

"Practically every U.S. fighter plane that has flown into Korean air carried at least two napalm bombs,” Chemical Officer Townsend wrote in January 1951. About 21,000 gallons of napalm hit Korea every day in 1950. As combat intensified after China’s intervention, that number more than tripled (…) a total of 32,357 tons of napalm fell on Korea, about double that dropped on Japan in 1945. Not only did the allies drop more bombs on Korea than in the Pacific theater during World War II – 635,000 tons, versus 503,000 tons – more of what fell was napalm … "

... "“It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long ‘hot’ war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.”

In context: “During The Second World War the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the US lost 0.32%. During the Korean war, North Korea lost close to 30 % of its population.” "

... "In the North Korean capitol, Pyongyang, just two buildings were reported as still standing." ...

Read more here >>> ...

... now, ask yourselves a simple question ... what did North Korea do to the U.S. to warrant such atrocities?


Veritas X-'s picture

You are sooo Spot-On PrayingMantis

Let me add the following and....hog-some-space here in order to *ENLIGHTEN* ZH-readers.


**North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State**

01.11.2016 Author: F. William Engdahl

"If it weren’t for the fact that he is absolute dictator of a country with a formidable army and nuclear missile technology, North Korean President Kim Jong Un, the 290 pound, 32 year-old ruler would be a clown figure. Unfortunately for world peace, Kim Jong Un, while he is playing games with his rockets and threats of war, is serving the long-term interests of the USA, especially the military industrial complex, the Pentagon and State Department, whose priority increasingly is to make an Asia Pivot of military power projection to contain and isolate the Peoples’ Republic of China as well as Russia.

In the end of the 1990’s I had the chance occasion to have a chat with the late James R. Lilley. Lilley was at the Davos World Economic Forum and by chance had sat at my dinner table together with a delegation from the China Peoples’ Liberation Army. As I was the only westerner at the table he struck up a conversation, and as he saw I was more than conversant in global politics, he began talking, perhaps more than he should have with one he did not know.

James R. Lilley was no outsider. A member, together with his close friend, George H.W. Bush, of the infamous Yale University Skull & Bones secret society, Lilley served some three decades at the CIA along with Bush. Both Lilley and Bush were US Ambassadors to China.

Lilley’s term in Beijing coincided with the May-June 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests. I have reason to believe he played the key US role in orchestrating that clash between thousands of protesting students and the Chinese government as one of Washington’s early Color Revolution attempts to destabilize communist China simultaneously with the CIA’s role in destabilizing the Soviet Union.

At the time of Tiananmen protests, the man who developed the handbook for color revolutions, Gene Sharp, of the Albert Einstein Institute, was in Beijing until the Chinese told him to leave, and George Soros’ Chinese NGO, the Fund for the Reform and Opening of China, after Tiananmen, was banned when Chinese security services found that the fund had links to the CIA.

This background is important to better situate who Lilley was – a consummate insider of the George Bush CIA “deep state” networks that try to remake the world to their liking. In our Davos talk, Lilley told me he had been furious at President G.H.W. Bush in the aftermath of Tiananmen for refusing to make a stronger denunciation of the Beijing government, that, for a massacre that he knew never took place.....

At this point it clearly is the case that under the erratic 32-year-old Swiss-educated Kim Jong Un, Washington has found the perfect boogie man to scare South Korea and Japan into embracing Washington’s agenda to maximize pressure, military as well as economic, against Russia and against China. James R. Lilley’s Davos remark to me is borne out by the recent militaristic and foreign policy actions of North Korean Supreme Commander, Jim Jong Un. It seems it wasn’t even necessary for the United States to “create North Korea.” Washington only had to cultivate the infantile personality of Kim Jong Un."



Slack Jack's picture

Veritas X @ Aug 30, 2017 11:20 AM: Interesting article:

F. William Engdahl says North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State and Kim Jong Un is their man.

Read this and gain an insight into how the game is really played.

Important stuff like this is like Kryptonite to ZH commenters.

French Bloke's picture

Amazingly Trump is absolutely spot on when he says the time for talking is over. The fact that nobody thought to shoot down a missile as it went over Japan demonstrates how ill prepared the zionist MIC Army/Navy actually are and it certainly brings into question their ability to stop an NK onslaught.

Yes Donald, the time for talking is indeed over. Get your tails the hell out of there and there would never be a reason for NK to have built up its armed forces and missile systems in the first place you chump. Not all your fault of course. Countless predecessors are all as culpable but you're the one holdong the baby. Now be a grown up and fuck off home to leave the region in peace.

caconhma's picture

In no way Kim gets any sympathy from me but he is destined to make a first big step stopping cold US imperialism and international gangsterism.

Post-Truth Society's picture

Scheming Muslim shitbag Trump and his jew daughter Ivanka are busy plotting the end.  Trump will enlist his Saudi and Israeli friends.


ejmoosa's picture

War is what happens when you move  away from real capitalism, and then you run out of excuses as to why your stuff ain't selling and demand and supply have become so out of whack.

Slack Jack's picture

"Talking Is Not The Answer!" Yeah, Trump,.... fix the climate problem.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Ummm... This is the same, false, government provided/endorsed spam that you post on every thread.

Are you really so dense that you believe that annoying the crap out of people with HUGE cut-and-paste spam posts will bring them to your Globalwarmist religion?

CosmoJoe's picture

The only conspiracy here is the conspiracy to pry more $$$ out of peoples' pockets to finance the carbon trading scheme.

TheRealBilboBaggins's picture

There is only statistically significant global warming if you hold your head just right when you examine statistics.


valjoux7750's picture

Get this through your dumn skull, man cannot change the climate of the earth.  Are you a fucking idiot or what? Go paste your bullshit on a board that believes that shit. Fucking asshole taking up all the space with that shit.

deja's picture

They invaded South Korea.

HopefulCynic's picture

More Gringo Hubris, and Talmudic victim mentality.


Sorry Gringos but N.K. has suffered much more at your hands than any "Extortion money" they have received after being sanctioned ATM.


The same goes for Mexico. Stop meddling with narcos and stop corrupting and extorting mexican politicians to do your bdding and let you continue your thivery. 

Itinerant's picture

Direct talks is the NK number one demand, and it has not been tried for 75 years. Trump is full of shit. The US can't talk to NK because it refuses to recognize the regime. Starting 8 sep 1945 when the US preferred talking to the Jap occupiers instead of the delegation from the provisional government that came out to elcome  them upon landing. Regime change from day one. Korea would be a lot better off if the US had never occupied it.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Exactly. Same with Chicago, Detroit, MS-13, Crips, Bloods, Antifa, et al. If we simply had DIRECT talks with them they would all lay down their weapons, get real jobs, and take on a loving, good neighbor, mentality. They aren't violent for control of people/areas/things. They are violent becasue the right person - say Dear Leader Obama for starters - hasn't had direct talks with them.

Just like NK.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

do you know what a Strawman is?

Yours is one of the weakest Ive seen since I saw Hillary in a debate

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

You should look up strawman and see if you can learn what it means.

Subject of post that I responded to: Talk to thug to convince him to behave the way you want.

Subject of my response: Talk to thug to convince him to behave the way you want.

Using a small scale example of a human nature issue is not a strawman argument.

BarkingCat's picture

"Mind boggling how much peace & Non intervention around the World the US could of shared if many of these sycophants would have served."

could HAVE..not "could of"

Dr. Acula's picture

"Trump received 5 draft deferrals from the Vietnam war"

But he'll send American youths to die in the Forever War defending poppies

hedgeless_horseman's picture


But he'll send American youths to die in the Forever War defending poppies

I am pretty certain that his son, Baron Trump, won't be one of them.

tmosley's picture

It will be over before Barron's 14th birthday.

Probably before his 12th.

The poppies will burn and you peanutz will continue to blather, completely ignorant of how stupid you are.

BandGap's picture

None of my five sons will, either. At least not while I am alive.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

They probably shouldn't VOLUNTEER to join the all volunteer military if they don't want to be in it. Just say'n.

BarkingCat's picture

I am just glad that it was during peace time that I volunteered.

OverTheHedge's picture

Am I being overly obtuse, or does that one come with a /sarc?

Nobody For President's picture

I knew one (1) well-to-do troop when I did my active duty 61-63, out of about 200. (Hint, it wasn't me...)

Course I was in the Infantry, I suspect the rich kids that did go in went into non-combat arms (or the air force).

ejmoosa's picture

McCain and Graham will help your kids get dressed for the Forever War.

Remember this-whatever Trump does could not happen without the blessing of Congress.

Kina's picture

Yeh and McCain going to Vietnam turned out to be such a great politician for America.

Always putting America first.


Your stuff doesn't mean much.

tmosley's picture

How DARE he not feed himself into a meat grinder and then conduct diplomacy!!!!!!!!

BarkingCat's picture

It is the sin of hypocrisy. 

He was absolutely correct in trying to stay out of an elective war.

Now he might be the person to start one.

tmosley's picture


And you might rape your mother you evil mother rapist!

Overfed's picture

Every American should have refused to go to Vietnam. Talk about a useless war.

Grimaldus's picture

Vietnam was a tragedy from start to finish. Horrible.

I am thinking the US at the time (controlled by progressives) was looking at all those killed (100 million+) by murdering communist tyrants after WW2 and projecting moar millions would die as the threat of bloody murdering progressives (that includes communists) advancing in the world.

No giving excuses here, just sayin.

Interesting that since then the same murdering progressive criminals that advanced communist tyranny around the world have pretty much usurped the US FEDGOV completely.

True constitutional conservatives would not have intervened in Vietnam.






hedgeless_horseman's picture


Talk about a useless war.

I agree.

assistedliving's picture

hear, hear HH

looking for the positive; give it up for MATTIS / CIC (Censor In Chief) while it lasts

MrSteve's picture

Because you are the enemy and Kim is just a madman with ICBMs and nukes?

dogismycopilot's picture

You raise a very good observation. in a closed society like NK, the US CIA/DOS/DIA/etc. will have little to know intel because they can't get people in (or out).

Perhaps if the DEMOCRATS hadn't shit all over the Russians and the RINOS hadn't sanctioned the Russian government, they would have helped with intelligence. 

The US Federal Government is about to reap the whirlwind.

caconhma's picture

I am 100% confident that the Red Nuclear bottom has been removed from Trump.

tmosley's picture

This is why you have zero credibility.