Trump: "We'll handle North Korea. It Will Be Handled. We Handle Everything"

With Gen. John Kelly set to be sworn in as Trump's new Chief of Staff, just days after the latest and most advanced North Korean ICBM test yet, one which can reportedly reach as much as half the major metro areas on the continental US, President Trump on Monday pledged to "handle" North Korea's provocative belligerence, without specifying exactly how he would do so as he faces rising tensions and limited options.

"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything," Trump told reporters at the start of Monday's first Cabinet meeting with his new Chief of Staff, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The comments follow "guidance" from the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who on Sunday told CNN that the "time for talk" is over. As CNN noted, "it was a seemingly stark admission - the US ambassador to the UN suggesting the North Korean crisis couldn't be solved through diplomatic channels in the Security Council."

On Firday, the Pentagon confirmed that North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. The missile, fired from north central North Korea, traveled 600 miles before it fell into the Sea of Japan. Following the missile test, Trump said Saturday on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China for not doing more to curb North Korea's missile program.

"I am very disappointed in China," Trump tweeted. "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk."

Trump has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea's only major ally, to put more economic pressure on Pyongyang, lamenting that he has few other options left to try to check North Korea. Trump did not hint at what actions he could take on Monday, but recent comments suggest he could take more steps to try to get China to act.

On Monday, Reuters reported that a "frustrated" China hit back over Trump's weekend tweets, with the state-run nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times saying that "Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the U.S. and South Korea" adding "how could Chinese sanctions change the situation?"

China wants both balanced trade with the United States and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, its official Xinhua news agency added in a commentary. "However, to realize these goals, Beijing needs a more cooperative partner in the White House, not one who piles blame on China for the United States' failures," it added.

Also over the weekend, the United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of "lethal, overwhelming force" on Sunday in response to the missile test and the July 3 launch of the "Hwasong-14" rocket, the Pentagon said. The bombers took off from a U.S. air base in Guam and were joined by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets during the exercise.

"North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability," Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy said in a statement. "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing."

As reported earlier, South Korea's Kospi stock index, oblivious of the constant threat of military action in its northern neighbor, closed 0.07% in the green, just shy of all time highs.


tmosley BaBaBouy Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:38 Permalink

The same reason it has been going down for six years.Which is concidentally the reason that alternatives to gold have been developed and are seeing adoption.But let's not process that, and cling to the hope for armageddon so we can make some of our money back.

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Manthong Manthong Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:19 Permalink

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“China wants…  .. balanced trade with the United States” GHFC….. Yeah, like they have over the 35 years since JPM brokered the transfer of our technology to them.

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Sir Edge Manthong Mon, 07/31/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

 North Korea Can Destroy Most South Korean Manufacturing With Artillery In A Few Hours... Etc...Deep State Cannot Afford This Logistically or Financially... !!Period... So... Ergo... NO WAR with North Korea...It is All A Blowhard BS distraction...Like Ebola... Ebola.. Ebola.. Ebola... Ebola... Ebola... and then Poof Its Gone... The question to ask is what is cooking in the background... In Syria.. Middle East... What ??North Korea is a Non Issue... just helps ramp up emotions and MIC Budget.... Insatiable ! Edgey...

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GUS100CORRINA PrayingMantis Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:07 Permalink

While I deeply respect the POTUS, I have just one question:Since we can handle everything, I would like to know how the HRC and SETH RICH criminal investigations are coming along? I want to remind you Mr. President that GOD hates injustice and He has appointed you for such a time as this one.So justice is driven back,    and righteousness stands at a distance;truth has stumbled in the streets,    honesty cannot enter.Truth is nowhere to be found,    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.The Lord looked and was displeased    that there was no justice.

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Give Me Some Truth tmosley Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

For some of us, "Armagedon" or "the shit hitting the fan" is a given. So, if it's a given what is one to do with this knowledge? One could do nothing. One could go all-in on the stock market. One could do a little prepping. One could buy some gold and silver as an insurance policy for the storm that's a comin'I just re-watched the movie "Titanic." The line of the ship's designer spoken in front of Kate Winslet's character stays with me."This ship will sink."I guess he could have said, "oh no. This ship is not going to sink. No way." The captain could have told the crew to remain quiet and not alarm the passengers. He could have never given the order to abandon the ship.If this would have happened, everyone would be relaxed and happily oblivious (kind of like 90 percent of Americans now), but the ship ... would have still sunk.The few passengers that knew or sensed that the captain and designer were lying out their asses probably would have had a better chance to take actions to save themselves. These hypothetical wise passengers might be analogous to the kooks who are acquiring some gold and silver now, before the ship begins to list.  

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curbjob Give Me Some Truth Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

Forsight is everything The plot of Morgan Robertson's novel "Futility" bears an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic disaster. The novel tells the story of the Titan, the largest ship ever built, billed as "unsinkable," which strikes an iceberg in April and sinks. In the book, more than half the passengers die in the North Atlantic because of a lifeboat shortage. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic sank

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spastic_colon BaBaBouy Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:39 Permalink

because anyone with knowledge knows that NK is a complete distraction; who in their right mind thinks China would allow NK to threaten one of their largest trading partners with destruction? Plus even if their missile claims were true they could not carry a payload with any fire power that far..........fearmongering media once again.

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Give Me Some Truth spastic_colon Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:09 Permalink

Re: "Fearmongering media once again ..."Yes, they do play a vital role. Without the requisite fear-mongering not enough people believe the "threat" is real. But the people will fall in line, already have. Remember that line from high school? "If you are scared say you are scared."American people: "We are scared!"Neocons: "Don't worry. We'll take care of you and take care of that bad, old Bogey Man."American People: "Thank you, oh thank you." Followed by the requisite bombing, followed by the requisit chants of "USA! USA! Don-ald! Don-ald!"Still, at some point this act/game ain't going to seem so cute to the rest of the world. 

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tmosley Bay of Pigs Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

So you are saying "don't buy gold", then?If not, your response seems like a non-sequitur. IE not an argument.My question to the peanut gallery was simple. Given the fact of PM price manipulation/supression, do you A. buy PMs and suffer further supression, or do you B. find another market that isn't so manipulated?

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Herd Redirecti… tmosley Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:02 Permalink

I would think if you are a buyer for the long-term, then you have ambivalent feelings about price suppression.  Because on the one hand, your purchase is subsidized.  On the other hand,  the price suppression prevents widespread realization of the utility of precious metals (notice I did not say, 'realization of the $ value of precious metals').It does seem obvious at this point in time that cryptos are better for fleeing, relocating, migrating, unless you can get your PMs into the Gulf of Mexico by boat...

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medium giraffe tmosley Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:12 Permalink

Markets are for investment.  PMs are a hedge against collapse.  PMs shouldn't be considered in terms of value per unit of fiat bullshit, but in terms of how much fuel and food you can swap for it.  Maybe some, maybe none, but it's more certain that fiat will be worthless rather than gold. Trying to get a vehicle from a neighbour in a hurry when there's no order/police/power/utilities - PMs, FRNs or Bitcoins?.....

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Give Me Some Truth BaBaBouy Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:13 Permalink

Re: "Such well-behaved markets"When gold should be rocketing to the moon the manipulators kick it into high gear and really earn their fiat.Sky-rocketing gold and silver would send a certain "signal." A signal that cannot be sent ... if the printing press is going to be protected. And the printing press IS going to be protected. You can bet on that ... literally.

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