Trump tries diplomacy in countering North Korea's nuclear provocation


USA officials believe North Korea now has the capabilities to put a nuclear weapon on a missile, NBC News learned Tuesday.

The paper quotes the assessment as saying: "The IC (intelligence community) assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles".

Asked about the story on "Fox & Friends", U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, "I can't talk about anything that's classified and if that's in a newspaper, that's a shame".

Earlier this morning Trump took to Twitter to say that the United States needs to be "tough" on North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un.

Using his favourite messaging tool, Twitter, Trump, wrote, "After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea".

Both Russia and China have agreed to ratchet up existing sanctions on North Korea's coal and iron exports.

North Korea is already past that threshold, however, which puts additional limits on US or Chinese leverage. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence could not immediately be reached for comment.

The CCGA said 62 percent of those questioned support deploying USA forces in that scenario - compared to just 47 percent who answered that way in 2014 and 2015.

The UN Security Council this weekend imposed its toughest ever sanctions on North Korea over its latest test of a ballistic missile that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon.

"We said on Saturday, when we took the vote, this wasn't going to stop our North Korea problem". At other times President Trump seemed to think that China could be easily induced to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. In recent months, North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests that have incensed the White House.

The Trump administration, which ostentatiously announced this year that it was ending the Obama administration's policy of "strategic patience", now seems willing to wait for at least some period of time to see if the new sanctions lead North Korea to reconsider that position. This measure would cost Pyongyang close to $1 billion annually in economic activity.

Kazianis said China must enforce the sanctions and strip North Korea of vital resources used for its militarization.

Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

Kazianis said it still is not clear whether North Korea has developed heat shield technology required to allow a missile to leave and re-enter the atmosphere.