US Sends Mixed Messages on North Korea Diplomacy

Trump says North Korea 'not ready' to negotiate

While President Trump continues to spar with other people within the administration on negotiations with North Korea, he and other officials are sending mixed signals on what the administration’s actual intention is.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is saying that US tensions aren’t going to result in any actual changes, and that the US posture will remain focused on diplomacy with North Korea.

President Trump, however, seems to be turning against the idea of negotiation, saying he no longer believes that North Korea is even ready to negotiate at all.

Trump didn’t really say what this new conclusion he has reached would mean in the context of negotiations, or even if it amounts to anything beyond him being mad at North Korea over recent missile test fires.

Author: Jason Ditz

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