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Nikki Haley
Worse, the regime continues to play this council. Iran hides behind its assertion of technical compliance with the nuclear deal while it brazenly violates the other limits of its behavior, and we have allowed them to get away with it. This must stop. This should be a clarion call to everyone in the United Nations. When a rogue regime starts down the path of ballistic missiles, it tells us that we will soon have another North Korea on our hands. If it is wrong for North Korea to do this, why doesn't that same mentality apply to Iran?feedback
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NEW Oct 18 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about North Korea. 456 people are quoted and you can read 773 citations of them about North Korea. Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Shinzo Abe and Nikki Haley, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Rex W. Tillerson said: “We are probing, so stay tuned. We ask, Would you like to talk?' We have lines of communications to Pyongyang – we're not in a dark situation, a blackout. We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang … We do talk to them. ,,, Directly. We have our own channels.”.
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Nikki Haley

I think what you're going to see is the president's going to work very closely with Congress to try and come up with something that is more proportionate, something that does make sense for the U.S. to agree to. What we're saying now with Iran is don't let it become the next North Korea. So what this says to North Korea is, Don't expect us to engage in a bad deal. And also, if at any point we do come up with something, expect us to follow through with it. Expect us to hold you accountable. You're not just going to have a free-for-all.feedback

Chris Coons

Secretary of State Tillerson has said repeatedly, publicly and privately, that they're trying to do in regard to North Korea almost exactly what the Obama administration accomplished against the Iran nuclear program, through diplomacy.feedback

Hee Yeon

Every day North Korea says, We will capture you,' but they don't.feedback

Kelsey Davenport

If North Korea puts a nuclear warhead on the tip of a missile and explodes it over the Pacific, that would be the most provocative action North Korea could take short of starting a war.feedback

Sameer Samana

When we try to work through the questions, almost nobody wants it to happen. Could have major casualties in South Korea. Major casualties in North Korea. China drawn in and a possible loss of a critical ally on the border. Nobody wins. So we come back with a low probability.feedback

Sameer Samana

When you start assessing what the different outcomes might be and assign probability to each one, we still believe its biggest ally and biggest adversary, China and the United States, will together partner in order to put enough diplomatic pressure on North Korea to bring them back to table. History shows when things spiral out of control it's when we have rhetoric amping up and military exercises and missile tests and a flurry of activity. It's always possible to have an accident, a miscommunication.feedback

Sameer Samana

Our client base has a rotating list of things they are concerned about. Early in the year it was U.S. politics, then French elections, then North Korea. There's almost always something on the front page that has implications for investor portfolios. Either you are avoiding all the major large developed markets and trying to find idiosyncratic exposure, or just embrace it as an investor and stick to a plan.feedback

Kim Seong Ryeol

Seventy companies I applied to, all rejected. Seven-zero, all at the interview level. You have interviewers saying, Explain about your high school and middle-school life,' but we don't have that kind of experience in North Korea. So you have to say, I come from North Korea and I want to contribute to your company.' At that level, interviewers are very confused.feedback

Jan Schakowsky

People get health care. They may not get Russia. They may not even get North Korea. But health care is personal.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Some states could understand the breakdown of the Iran deal as a signal to provide themselves with nuclear weapons as quickly as possible. Then we would not only have North Korea as an acute problem.feedback

Kim So-gu

The explosion from the Sept 3 test had such power that the existing tunnels within the underground testing site might have caved in. I think the Punggye-ri region is now pretty saturated. If Pyongyang goes ahead with another test in the area, it could risk radioactive pollution.feedback

Sarah Sanders

I think we have some serious world issues here. I think that North Korea, Iran both continue to be bad actors and the president is somebody who's going to always look for ways to protect Americans. Not at all. As you know, he's a person who like to take action and take it quickly. He wants options on the table so that he can make quick decision.feedback

Will Saetren

Look at North Korea. They have an estimated arsenal of 60 first-generation warheads, none of which are hydrogen bombs, and very crude, if any, delivery vehicles.feedback

Will Saetren

You want other actors to believe that you have reliable equipment that will launch when you push the proverbial red button. But as North Korea is effectively demonstrating, it takes far less than 1,550 nuclear weapons to achieve that goal.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We can't let this to go on. We just can't. They cut off banking to North Korea. We cannot allow this to happen. This should have been taken care of long ago.feedback

Matt Maley

Once they get through that congress next week, we worry that you'll start to see this situation with North Korea start to escalate once again.feedback

Jason Pidcock - Jupiter Asset Management

Strangely, if there was a conventional attack on South Korea and that meant North Korea subsequently disappeared as a risk, the market could actually trade higher. People think this spat will just blow over but North Korea now has the ability to reach out and destroy your portfolio in a very direct way that Iraq, for instance, didn't.feedback

David Chung

The more people that are nervous and afraid of what's going to happen in the world, the more it drives multiples higher. What we've seen in the last month with North Korea elevates that uncertainty.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

[The policy] seems to be working. The diplomatic effort is now supported by the threat of U.S. secondary sanctions and [will] force companies/countries to pick the U.S. or North Korea; as expected and as we saw with Iran, they pick the United States.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing. Policy didn't work?feedback

C. Frank Figliuzzi

North Korea and any other hacking state will start looking for the weakest link, where's the weakest part of that defense. And when they find it, they'll exploit it. So there's a need to step up security in that regard.feedback

C. Frank Figliuzzi

This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us.feedback

Dmitri Alperovitch - CrowdStrike

We've been worried for some time that one of the ways that North Korea can retaliate against further escalation of tensions is via cyber, and particularly attacks against our financial sector. This is something they have really perfected as an art against South Korea.feedback

Evan Osnos - The New Yorker

To go between Washington and Pyongyang at this nuclear moment is to be struck, most of all, by how little the two understand each other.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It is right now a diplomatically-led, economically sanction-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path.feedback

Robert Manning

We've seen the media reporting on last year's potential breach of the ROK-U.S. alliance plans related to defending the Korean Peninsula. And although I will not comment on intelligence matters or specific instances related to cyber intrusion, I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operations plans and with our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea.feedback

Jimmy Carter

The next step should be for the United States to offer to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang for peace talks or to support an international conference including North and South Korea, the United States and China, at a mutually acceptable site.feedback

Jimmy Carter

He wants to employ his experience visiting North Korea to prevent a second Korean war.feedback

Park Han-shik

Should former president Carter be able to visit North Korea, he would like to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North, and a complete denuclearisation of North Korea.feedback

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

The market will be keeping a side glance on North Korea, but much of the latest tension could have been priced in on Friday when the dollar slipped. Still, the dollar is well supported and not an easy currency to sell at the moment after Friday's data showed that U.S. wages are improving steadily.feedback

Mike Pence

[U]nder the President's leadership, ISIS is on the run; North Korea is isolated like never before; and our NATO allies are doing more to pay their fair share for our common defense. By increasing our national defense and re-engaging our allies, President Donald Trump has restored the credibility of American power. Today our nation once again stands, without apology, as leader of the free world. That's what American leadership on the world stage looks like and no amount of criticism at home can diminish those results.feedback

Michael Fallon

The US is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and to look after its people, but this involves us, London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I wouldn't say that he's messing with the press. I think that North Korea, Iran both continue to be bad actors.feedback

David Buik - Panmure Gordon & Co.

Analysts are cognoscente of the fact that if hostilities in North Korea become substantive, it's more or less 'good night Vienna' – so little point calling markets down 5-10pc.feedback

Yong Suk Lee

There is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don't think he's done. In fact, I told my own staff (that) 10th October is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That's Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.feedback

Bilyana Dimitrova

I knew it was a former embassy building, but I had no idea it was owned by North Korea. The atmosphere was very pleasant.feedback

Sarah Sanders

We've been clear that now is not the time to talk. The only conversations that have taken place were that … would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained. Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.feedback

Jeffrey Schlegelmilch

I think the one silver lining with the escalating tensions with North Korea is that people are paying attention to nuclear preparedness. We have the opportunity to talk about some of the complexities of it with a willing audience.feedback

Yong Suk Lee

There's a clarity of purpose in what Kim Jong Un has done. The last person who wants conflict on the peninsula is actually Kim Jong Un. We have a tendency in this country and elsewhere to underestimate the conservatism that runs in these authoritarian regimes. All politics is local. North Korea is a political organism that thrives on confrontation.feedback

Yong Suk-lee

There is a clarity of purpose in what [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un is doing. I don't think he's done. In fact, I told my own staff [that] October 10th is the Korean Workers party founding day. That's Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday – the Columbus Day holiday - in the United States. So stand by your phones.feedback

Anton Morozov

They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States. As far as we understand, they intend to launch one more long-range missile in the near future. And in general, their mood is rather belligerent.feedback

Justin Lederer - Cantor Fitzgerald

It has just been risk-off buying into the long (Columbus Day) weekend ... You look at the charts, it has really been a one-way trade of lower yields.feedback

Vladimir Putin

They know all that and see the possession of nuclear weapons and missile technology as their only form of self-defence. Do you think they're going to give that up? We need to gradually integrate North Korea into regional co-operation.feedback

Yong Suk Lee

The only way they [China] are going to to put pressure on North Korea is if they are convinced of the seriousness of the U.S. purpose. One of the big stumbling blocks for dialogue is that if we do come to a good place, North Korea is going to have to explain to its people that 'suddenly we are friends with the United States.' North Korea exists to oppose the United States so how are you going to explain to your population what you're last 60, 70 years of sacrifice was all about. At the end of the day, all politics are local. He wants to rule for a long time and die peacefully in his own bed.feedback

Miriam Sapiro

Even if you don't like this trade agreement, this is not the right time to rock the foundations of our partnership with Korea. Korea is facing an existential threat from North Korea. We should instead be trying to shore up our relationship in a geostrategic as well as an economic sense. Having a trade agreement in place gives them certainty. They know what the tariff rates are going to be. If they are a service provider, they know what kinds of services they can offer without restrictions. It's the uncertainty of the threat of withdrawal that has people quite concerned.feedback

Hiroyuki Fukunaga

The market is focused on various upcoming events and there are risks here and there so investors are playing it safe after the market staged a rally recently. There is also a risk of provocation from North Korea ahead of Oct. 10.feedback

David Ignatius

Tillerson's desire to remain on the job is a stabilizing move, at a moment when the United States is locked in a potential nuclear confrontation with North Korea and Trump is headed for a key November meeting in Beijing. Although Tillerson has been a poor public communicator at the State Department, he knows the world and can speak the language of America's global partners and potential adversaries. His departure now would be widely seen as damaging to America's already fragile position in a world disrupted by Trump's erratic policies.feedback

Martin Arnold

The market is looking at the dollar at the moment, we've seen an unwind of the fear trade linked to North Korea. That trend is likely to continue. The dollar will grind higher in the next couple of months.feedback

Jacob Monty

Everything can be undone. [Trump is] already so low among Latinos, so he has nowhere else to go but up. If he can solve some big issues that are affecting Latinos, like DACA, North Korea, tax reform, he can only go up. To date, he hasn't solve those yet.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

We have increased the ability of perhaps even an individual, perhaps a group, perhaps a nation . . . to kill millions, millions, millions of people in a single stroke. If you were a psychotic back in the cave man age, you threw a rock at the guy in the next cave. That was about the damage you could do. We got a fellow in North Korea [with a] very poor country, spending a way disproportionate amount of its GDP working on missiles that can hit California – that's crazy. Wish I had a solution for it, but I don't.feedback

Kim Jong-un

I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire. [North Korea] would neither put its nukes and ballistic rockets on the table of negotiations in any case nor flinch even an inch from the road of bolstering the nuclear force chosen by itself unless the US hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK are definitely terminated.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

You'd be foolish to think you're going to sit down and say: 'OK, done, nuclear weapons gone'. This is going to be a process of engagement with North Korea that will be step-wise.feedback

Carl Bildt

In the best case, we could perhaps facilitate an opening of a diplomatic track between the North Koreans and the United States.feedback

Carl Bildt

If the EU does something along these lines, the first thing the EU should do is not to talk about it. Talking about it is a pretty good way to ensure that one can't do it.feedback

Sarah Sanders

Those were the type of conversations that this administration was willing to have. Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.feedback

Blaine Harden

His family’s unruly behavior suggests China can’t simply impose its will on North Korea.feedback

Daniel Russel

People are fond of saying that North Korea will never negotiate denuclearization. But I think that there's an important adverb missing, which is that North Korea will never negotiate denuclearization willingly.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Look, our objective is denuclearization (of North Korea). Our objective is not to get rid of you. Our objective is not to collapse your regime.feedback

Angelino Alfano

The ambassador will have to leave Italy. We want to impress on Pyongyang that isolation is inevitable if they don't change tack.feedback

Patrick McEachern

North Korea stresses the Kim bloodline for leadership, making estranged family members potentially threatening as a theoretical replacement for Kim Jong Un.feedback

Julie Bishop

He indicated to me that part of his efforts to bring China into the collective strategy, to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, he was also back channelling ... North Korea to make it clear to them that the United States was prepared to talk. The messages so far have been through the media - you know, Pyongyang news puts out a statement and the (US) President responds. I believe that China's involvement is a positive. They are playing a pretty active role and I think it's just changed the calculation in the minds of the North Koreans as well.feedback

Bob Corker

I think that there's more going on than meets the eye. I think [Secretary] Tillerson understands that every intelligence agency we have says there's no amount of economic pressure you can put on North Korea to get them to stop this program because they view this as their survival… Should we step it up a little bit? The answer is absolutely yes. I mean, we should step it up. I mean, you know, we're moving to a place where we're going to end up with a binary choice soon.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I applaud China for breaking off all banking relationships with North Korea, something that people would have thought unthinkable even two months ago. I want to thank President Xi [Jinping].feedback

Jon Wolfsthal

Risk of accidental or unintended conflict since Trump took office and North Korea upped testing pace is higher than in my lifetime. [North Korea] knows they can't win a fair fight and have every incentive to strike hard first with a nuke if they believe an attack is coming.... Trump has to dial it back. Threats don't help.feedback

Richard Curtin

The resilience of consumers has again been demonstrated as concerns about the impact of the hurricanes on the national economy have quickly faded. In the past year, there has been a long list of issues that could have derailed the overall level of consumer confidence, including the unprecedented partisan divide, North Korea, Charlottesville, and the hurricanes.feedback

Bob Corker

I think the greatest threat to our nation is us. The way we handle our finances, we as a nation are the greatest threat to our nation. It's not ISIS. It's not North Korea. It's not ascendant China. It's not Russia. We are the greatest threat.feedback

Susan Thornton

We call on all countries to join us in cutting all trade and financial ties with North Korea.feedback

Itsunori Onodera

I understand it is an important anniversary for North Korea. We would like to maintain a sense of urgency.feedback

James Hoare

He had a good command of English and always struck me as pretty polished.feedback

James Hoare

I last saw him in Pyongyang in 2011, when he gave a lunch for (my wife) and me.feedback

Yuriko Koike

I am raising my flag for real. Japan is facing a difficult time considering the situation in North Korea. Economically, the world is making a big move while Japan's presence is gradually declining. Can we continue letting the establishment handle politics?feedback

Fred Warmbier

As we looked at him and tried to comfort him, it looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth. It was astounding to Cindy and I to discover that North Korea is not listed as a state sponsor of terror. We see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them, and we're here to tell you: North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him. They are not victims.feedback

Joe Dunford

We haven't seen military activity that would be reflective of the charged political environment that we're seeing.feedback

Bruce Klinger

They're on a new binge of reaching out to American scholars and ex-officials. While such meetings are useful, if the regime wants to send a clear message, it should reach out directly to the US government.feedback

Joe Dunford

Whether it's 3 months or 6 months or 18 months, it is soon, and we ought to conduct ourselves as though it is just a matter of time, and a matter of very short time, before North Korea has that capability.feedback

Joe Walters

The Canadian government has already stated that it will not do business with Boeing if it continues to try to break Bombardier. The British government needs to be as hardline as that. It's simple, forget appealing to Donald Trump – he's too busy trying to kill us all with his contest with North Korea.feedback

Wilbur Ross

Chinese commercial banks had been a big route for facilitation of trade to North Korea so the fact that the PBOC has put out a taboo, that's a very big deal. That's a gigantic step – the PBOC step – so assuming that it's followed through and other parts of the sanctions are followed through, that's a very good sign, very, very important pressure.feedback

Joe Dunford

We have looked at the nexus quite a bit. I'm not sure we've seen any transfer of nuclear technology, but we certainly have seen missile technology and a wide range of other weapon systems that they have exported or expertise that they have exported outside of North Korea.feedback

Lee Whan Young

It looks like North Korea did not anticipate the U.S. Air Force operation as it happened close to the midnight, and their radar failed to spot the Lancers.feedback

Jakob Christensen - Danske Bank

We have two driving factors here - first the situation around North Korea is limiting risk appetite globally, and the second issue is that a bit of dollar strength caused by the likelihood of a Fed rate hike in December is causing nervousness in the EM world. But we see these risks fading as military intervention is a low probability event, and we also see dollar strength as a temporary phenomenon.feedback

Phillip Lipscy

The government has really hyped the North Korea threat – they've been stopping trains, blasting alarms and sending text messages every time a missile goes over Japanese airspace – so I do think it's fair to say that they've been taking maximum advantage of the North Korea situation for political advantage.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

Abe's tough rhetoric at the U.N. General Assembly and his discussions on North Korea with [President] Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in further bolstered his image as a resolute defender of Japanese national security, which will play well with voters when they go to the polls next month.feedback

Lance Gatling

North Korea has one of the densest air defence systems in the world, ranging from short-range missiles and anti-aircraft guns to long-range missiles.feedback

Robert Manning

We are prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from an attack and are prepared to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the threat from North Korea.feedback

Hong Soon-chul

There has been a recent surge in demand for survival kits. We don't advertise or market such items because it could raise unnecessary concerns, but the demand is out there.feedback

Michael Elleman

What I worry about is North Korea 'painting' a U.S. plane with a radar as if it were about to launch a weapon. That might prompt a defensive reaction to suppress the air defences of North Korea, either electronically or kinetically. If North Korea fires something, the risks of miscalculation, escalation, grow enormously.feedback

Rick Meckler - LibertyView Capital Management

The market has really been reacting to a combination of the North Korea news and its global impact and the election in Germany. This has been a low-volatility market and this is really the only significant news we have had lately.feedback

Seth Meyers

Tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program are escalating, and there's currently an urgent humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico where more than 3 million American citizens are currently without power after Hurricane Maria. So President Trump decided what our nation needed most this past weekend was one more thing for us to deal with.feedback

Kim Yong-hyun

North Korea has to sound tough because it fears that if it is pushed back under American pressure now, it will never regain its ground. It fears that if it backs down, China and Russia won't come to its aid.feedback

Cheon Seong-whun

The level of mutual understanding between the United States and North Korea is low, while the chances of miscalculation are high.feedback

Norihiro Fujito - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

In addition to North Korea, the stronger yen is affecting shares today, and there's also Apple's poor performance, after the report that it told suppliers to reduce parts shipments.feedback

Liu Jieyi

We want things to calm down. It's getting too dangerous and it's in nobody's interest. We certainly hope that (the United States and North Korea) will see that there is no other way than negotiations to solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula ... The alternative is a disaster.feedback

Dean Cheng

Things are certainly very tense. The North Korea of right now is arguably seen as a real threat in a way that even in 2010 we didn't view it that way.feedback

Ray Locker

It just shows how no one has been able to figure out North Korea. Everyone wants to do something, and no one can come up with a solution.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

It is unlikely to take such a risk. So this sounds like another attempt by North Korea to 'deter by bluster' U.S. actions the regime does not like.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

We have not declared war on North Korea and, frankly, the suggestion of that is absurd. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. That's our focus, doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures as possible at this point.feedback

Yong Ho

For the past couple of days, we had earnestly hoped that the war of words between North Korea and the U.S. would not lead to action. However, Trump had ultimately declared war again last weekend, by saying regarding our leadership, that he will make it unable to last longer.feedback

Mark Cuban

If he's going to dish it out, he's got to be able to take it. I don't expect him to apologize, but if this is the new presidency, where our president wants to mix it up, and obviously he does, whether it's North Korea -- God help us -- or sports or me or public figures or anybody, then this is the new reality we live in, and that makes him fair game.feedback

Shinzo Abe

With this election I want to ask the people for their verdict on my North Korea policy.feedback

Shinzo Abe

If North Korea doesn't change, we will have to use every possible means to maximize pressure.feedback

John Delury

There's no logic in the North Korea context, so we can conclude this is not really about North Korea. This is not part of real North Korea policy at all.feedback

Becca Heller

This is still a Muslim ban – they simply added three additional countries. Of those countries, Chad is majority Muslim, travel from North Korea is already basically frozen and the restrictions on Venezuela only affect government officials on certain visas. You can't get any more transparent than that.feedback

Jae H. Ku

I think they're dangerously close to some kind of a conflict with North Korea. This is something I feared. When we go down this road, our escalation could lead to accidental shootouts, and it may not be so accidental.feedback

Dana White

This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take the DPRK's reckless behavior. This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies.feedback

Peter Kenny

The North Korea narrative is not going away and the longer it remains part of the conversation, the more negative it becomes. There has been some disappointment in the reception of Apple's latest iPhone release, and that is driving some concern and that is bleeding through to the supply-chain names.feedback

Shinzo Abe

If North Korea follows the right path, it can develop its economy. But if it doesn't abandon its missile and nuclear programmes, then it will not have a bright future.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea does not cooperate with the United States Government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements. As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people.feedback

Curtis LeMay - Air Force

We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It's an almost tragic situation where the only existing agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons is in jeopardy at a time when we are seeing other countries like North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons and we need such processes more than ever.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

We are focusing on the nuclear ... but whatever military option there is [for dealing with] North Korea, it must include mitigating and destroying that very large stock of VX that we know of.feedback

Feng Zhang

I think China's diplomatic leverage over North Korea is zero. North Korea doesn't want to see Chinese envoys and is not interested in Chinese views.feedback

Julie Bishop

I actually believe oil is the game changer in the sanctions regime. China is clearly open to using its undoubted leverage – economic leverage. I'm not suggesting diplomatic, but economic leverage over North Korea, and from my discussions with the US administration I'm confident the US and China are engaged in very serious dialogue about how they are going to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.feedback

Matt Maley

Obviously we have a situation where President Trump wants to increase the defense budget, and we're not getting a whole lot of pushback from Democrats; they're focused on other issues. We also have North Korea, and I think that's going to escalate. So on a fundamental, long-term basis, they still should look good.feedback

Wilbur Ross

A lot of the goods going into North Korea have been in support of the missile program and the nuclear program. If we can cut off their ability to import those things that would be very good.feedback

Art Cashin

If (China) follows through on what they did that could be a game changer. There have been about four or five Chinese banks that have been carrying North Korea. And, if they stop, then (Kim) is going to be in really big trouble. If Chinese banks stop helping them out, they're going to be in dire straits.feedback

Yang Uk

It may mean North Korea will fire a warhead-tipped (intermediate range) Hwasong-12 or Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile and blow it up a few hundred kilometres above the Pacific Ocean.feedback

Yong Pil

It is too late, we have grown up. We are not interested in dialogue to undermine our newly built strategic status.feedback

Philipp Thiel

I'm afraid about the future. I don't expect a third world war but maybe something like that, with North Korea, Turkey, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Trump.feedback

Donald J. Trump

China will either decide to help us with North Korea of they won't. If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it's won't be good for anyone.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm very proud to tell you that, as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks – that's a massive banking system – to immediately stop doing business with North Korea. Again, I want to just say and thank President Xi of China for the very bold move he made today. That was a somewhat unexpected move, and we appreciate it.feedback

Troy Stangarone

Part of finding a diplomatic solution to the problem involves retaining options that allow North Korea to see a better future and not closing all possible doors, even if the current environment is not conducive to humanitarian efforts.feedback

Nikki Haley

There are a lot of military options that can be done. And so the president is not going to spell out specifically what he's going to do, when he's going to do it, or where he's going to do it. But there are many options that he's discussed with his national security team that, should North Korea do anything irresponsible or reckless, that he has to choose from.feedback

Siegfried Hecker

It is not clear North Korea has that capability yet. Besides, a live missile test – one loaded with an H-bomb – poses enormous risk.feedback

Marcelle Daher - Manulife Asset Management

It's a little bit of a risk-off move. We seem to be getting a lot of rhetoric, both from the administration and North Korea, and it would be premature to say there is an end. But generally the market tends to shrug these things off.feedback

Peter Cardillo - First Standard Financial

Big noise out of North Korea will keep today's trading defensive as the biggest threat to the markets make the headlines. While we don't expect a serious selloff, the geopolitical rhetoric could heat up.feedback

Mark Fitzpatrick

Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed.feedback

Shin Beom-chul

What if the nuclear missile goes wrong mid-flight and detonates over Japan? It would mean a nuclear war. More likely, North Korea will graduate its provocations, as if moving on steppingstones.feedback

Lee Sung-yoon

Trump shot himself in the foot with his unabashedly undiplomatic United Nations General Assembly speech. By threatening to totally destroy North Korea, he created the impression around the world that it is actually the United States – instead of North Korea – that's motivated by aggression. In effect, Trump gave Kim Jong-un a freebie for another major provocation. Kim will oblige, and claim that it was in 'self-defense' against Trump's unnerving threats.feedback

Mike Pence

We do not desire a military conflict. But the president has made it very clear, as he did at the U.N. this week, that all options are on the table and we are simply not going to tolerate a rogue regime in Pyongyang obtaining usable nuclear weapons that could be mounted on a ballistic missile and threaten the people of the United States or our allies.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This new order provides us with powerful new tools, but I want to be clear the order targets only one country -- and that country is North Korea. Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. But I continue to call on all those responsible nations to enforce and implement U.N. sanctions and impose their own measures like the ones I am announcing today. Why not?feedback

Chris Zaccarelli - Cornerstone Financial Partners

The Fed had investors on edge already. Ratcheting up of North Korea tensions can put investors in a little more of a risk-off mode.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

No bank in any country should be used to facilitate Kim Jong Un's destructive behavior. This new executive order will authorize the Treasury to impose a range of sanctions such as suspending U.S. Correspondent account access to any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade with North Korea.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. Once again here at the U.N. General Assembly where nations pledge actions for world peace and the mutual prosperity of all peoples, I make the following points very clear to North Korea and the international community. We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means.feedback

Cho Myong-gyon

We have consistently said we would pursue humanitarian aid for North Korea in consideration of the poor conditions children and pregnant women are in there, apart from political issues.feedback

Gary Sick

This could become a real wedge issue dividing the other powers in the agreement ... against the U.S. It could push the U.S. toward a decline in global power and U.S. credibility will take a huge hit, because we're basically telling the world the U.S. can't keep its word, putting us at odds with every other major power in the world, hurting our credibility, influence and reliability as an international partner – that's not a small issue. Imagine trying to negotiate with North Korea when we just walked away from the most significant non-proliferation treaty in the history of the atomic age.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a saying that marching goes on even when dogs bark. If they are trying to shock us with the sound of a dog's bark they are clearly having a dog dream.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our new order will give the Treasury Department the discretion to sanction any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade to North Korea.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward they can choose to do business with the United States or with North Korea, but not both.feedback

Omer Esiner - Commonwealth Foreign Exchange

The dollar is coming under a little bit of pressure into the end of the week here. The post FOMC rally in the dollar certainly appears to be losing some steam. Increasing tensions with North Korea is putting a little bit of selling pressure on the dollar, especially against the Japanese yen. Keep in mind the yen is bouncing off of about a two-month low.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

How are we going to convince countries like North Korea that international agreements provide them with security – and in so doing make them commit to future disarmament efforts – if the only international example for such an endeavour being successful, the agreement with Iran, no longer has effect? We need more international co-operation and less national egoism, not the other way around.feedback

Nicholas Burns

What has been missing in Trump's North Korea strategy is a major diplomatic show of unity among these three countries. By standing firmly beside South Korea and Japan, President Trump can strengthen our strategic deterrence against Pyongyang.feedback

Shinzo Abe

For North Korea, dialogue was instead the best means of deceiving us and buying time. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?feedback

Nikki Haley

We have to be realistic. Is there anyone who thinks that North Korea would ban nuclear weapons?feedback

Tom Collina

It's not like the US would unilaterally disarm and hope that everyone else did–it would be a coordinated process. Of course, the US would never give up nuclear weapons in the face of a threat from North Korea, but the point of an international ban treaty is that all nations would get together and figure out together how to get rid of them.feedback

Tom Collina

It's an important show of intent from the international community. It's an important stigma on nuclear weapons that they be banned internationally like other weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological weapons. Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons? They want them because they perceive a threat coming from the US. A negotiated settlement could solve that.feedback

Kevin Jon Heller

The problem is that self-defense must always be proportionate to the armed attack, and Trump clearly threatened disproportionate force. Had he said a nuclear attack would require wiping North Korea off the face of the earth, that might have been a lawful threat. But he did not qualify the threat in any way; on the contrary, he suggested North Korea would have to be destroyed in response to any armed attack on the U.S. or its allies. That is an unlawful threat that violates Art. 2(4).feedback

John B. Bellinger III

His threat to destroy North Korea did not violate the U.N. Charter because he said that the United States would use force only 'if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies,' . The Charter specifically allows a U.N. member to use force in self-defense.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We heard the statements from President Trump about North Korea in the same vein for many times. We don't doubt that the United States has capacity to do something very destructive.feedback

Simon Jenkins

Kim Jong-un does not present an existential threat, and in the end it will be up to China to cut him down to size. Donald Trump’s United Nations performance on Tuesday was dangerous. It was dangerous not for the testosterone tub-thumping and infantile imagery. It was dangerous for being based on a lie. Trump said: “If forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if this conflict is far away from Germany, it is one that also affects us. That is why I am prepared, as is the foreign minister, to assume responsibility here. We took part in negotiating the Iran agreement, which I think is good, and better than having no agreement at all. It took many years, but in the end it did limit Iran's possibilities for nuclear armament. And I think we must take the same path or a similar one, with Russia, with China, together with the US, also in the case of North Korea.feedback

Michael Morell

I believe that North Korea may have the capability today to successfully conduct a nuclear attack on the United States.feedback

John Kerry

Well the United States remain deeply committed to a denuclearisation programme in North Korea and we are going to continue. And here I agree with the Trump policy about putting additional requests to China, asking China to do more, because China can do more. And the notion that North Korea is near collapse for the steps that have been taken is ridiculous. China can do more. We asked them to do more, we ratcheted it up, then we saw new, additional sanctions from the Trump administration, twice now, but still it is not enough. We know it's not enough, I believe China knows it's not enough.feedback

John Kerry

And I think it's important for additional pressure to be put in place. China provides 100 percent of the fuel that flies the airplanes, drives the trucks and the cars of North Korea. They can have an effect. China is the source in Beijing of, perhaps, close to 100 percent of the banking facilities that take place for North Korea. So China clearly has the ability to have an impact here and my hope is that as China plays an increasingly important role in the world – which we look to and welcome – it will take greater responsibility and change the dynamics on DPRK.feedback

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments. The goals of the United Nations are to foster peace and promote global cooperation. Today the president used it as a stage to threaten war. By suggesting he would revisit and possibly cancel the Iran nuclear agreement, [Trump] greatly escalated the danger we face from both Iran and North Korea. What nation would negotiate with the United States when the agreements we reach with other countries are so easily undermined?feedback

Robert Gates

I think it's actually quite dangerous. Clearly 30 years of diplomacy have failed to stop North Korea in its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. I think one option that the United States has before it is to put on the table a significant package of diplomatic proposals coupled with a statement of the military actions we would take if there is no political solution to the problem.feedback

Robert Gates

But the other side of that is if they don't accept what would be a very forthcoming approach would be in essence to say we will take a number of military steps in Asia. That will make both North Korea and China uncomfortable in terms of anti-missile systems, additional naval forces. A range of military actions we could take will make China uncomfortable as well as North Korea. I think that one of Putin's primary objectives for the last ten years or more has been to restore Russia's role as a great power whose interests have to be taken into account in any international situation.feedback

Melania Trump

We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.feedback

Barack Obama

No one, has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.feedback

Sauli Niinisto

The speech was more positive than what was anticipated. There were a few tough comments, especially on North Korea. He stressed the sovereignty of nations. In my view, he meant that every country and leader should take responsibility for their people's well-being.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Only continued unity in the UN Security Council can lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and create the opportunity for diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang. When tensions rise, so does the chance of miscalculation. Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings; the solution must be political. This is a time for statesmanship, we must not sleepwalk our way into war.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are putting the leader in North Korea in a position to be aware that…there is a penalty to be paid for ignoring international concerns and norms.feedback

Andre Bakhos - Janlyn Capital

Traders are coming in optimistically given no new geopolitical issues concerning North Korea. They are looking forward to the Fed meeting.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

It is essential to maintain it to avoid proliferation. In this period when we see the risks with North Korea, we must maintain this line. France will try to convince [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump of the pertinence of this choice [keeping the accord] even if work can be done to complement the accord [after 2025].feedback

Yukihisa Fujita

In a sense, it's as if China and North Korea are supporting Abe's popularity.feedback

Shinzo Abe

The solidarity of the international community is being put to the test in response to the repeated dangerous provocations by North Korea.feedback

Edward J. Markey

If North Korea does not have UDMH, it cannot threaten the United States, it's as simple as that. These are the issues that the U.S. intelligence community has to answer: from which countries they receive the fuel -- it's probably China -- and whether North Korea has a stockpile and how big it is.feedback

Julie Bishop

United Nations economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea is one element of a broader strategy to compel Pyongyang to the negotiating table with the intention to abandon its illegal weapons programs. Further pressure will be brought to bear including through the UN security council and in coordination with the United States and other countries. I believe that the Korean regime is seeking to maximise its leverage in order to get the best possible negotiating position with the United States.feedback

Julie Bishop

We want to see North Korea rush to the negotiating table and we need to exert considerable economic pressure, as we have done in the past.feedback

Julie Bishop

That has happened in the past when North Korea has been subjected to sanctions, certainly not as comprehensive as the current round of sanctions, but they have returned to the negotiating table and that is what we are seeking to do.feedback

David M. Cote - Honeywell International

We fully expect it [North Korea] will help the defense side of our business because Japan, South Korea and others are going want to protect themselves and be a lot more careful because who knows where something like this can go. Anything that starts people focused on spending money on defense as opposed to spending money commercially and improving lives of people, it's just not a good dynamic.feedback

H.R. McMaster

We will call on all nations, call on everyone to do everything we can short of war. This is not an issue between the United States and North Korea. This is an issues between the world and North Korea.feedback

Koichi Hagiuda

If we have a snap election now, we need to explain it to the public, including how we will cope with the threat from North Korea.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I'm waiting for the regime in North Korea to give us some indication that they're prepared to have constructive, productive talks. We have tried a couple of times to signal to them that we're ready when they're ready, and they responded with more missile launches and a nuclear test. All they need to do to let us know they're ready to talk is to just stop these tests, stop these provocative actions, and let's lower the threat-level and the rhetoric.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Keep it up Libs, This will be 2020. I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!feedback

Dianne Feinstein

I think that North Korea is not going to give up its programme with nothing on the table.feedback

Vann H. Van Diepen

All sorts of things banned for export to North Korea find their way in.feedback

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