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Donald J. Trump
Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!feedback
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NEW Aug 20 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about North Korea. 393 people are quoted and you can read 700 citations of them about North Korea. Donald J. Trump, Rex W. Tillerson, Shinzo Abe and Bruce Klingner, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Donald J. Trump said: “Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”.
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Andrew Scobell

I think the rhetoric from the president does register in Pyongyang, and it has been noted in Beijing. It doesn't seem so inappropriate.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

The U.S. has lost a great deal of credibility with Pyongyang and needs to reestablish it. The rhetoric by the U.S. White House has been in part helping that credibility and intent to take action.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Obviously, any diplomatic effort in any situation where you have this level of threat that we're confronted with – a threat of proportions that none of us like to contemplate – has to be backed by a strong military consequence if North Korea chooses wrongly.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Our effort is to cause them to want to engage in talks but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion than talks of the past. It is reviewed with him periodically in terms of the status of how the approach is working, and it is first and foremost, as you have seen, to undertake a very concerted, deliberate campaign of exerting pressure on the regime in North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We're going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars because of North Korea and other reasons having to do with the anti-missile [defense program].feedback

Moon Jae-in

I would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

Doing so would take several more nuclear tests. The advantage of a thermonuclear warhead is that it packs a lot more power into less weight. In order to make a nuclear weapon deployable it has to be small and light, but North Korea doesn't seem to have this technology.feedback

David Albright

Miniaturisation for ballistic missiles is only one of the many challenges of targeting the U.S. with an ICBM. The re-entry vehicle has to survive and the warhead work. I am sceptical that North Korea has mastered all these steps.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Then it becomes an issue that we take up however the president chooses. You can't make all those kinds of decisions in advance. There's a host of things going on. There's allies that we consult with, as the president made very clear last week. We talked about our allies repeatedly in a statement. That's something we have to think of. But we're getting into hypotheticals and this sort of thing. You know, I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this, because I'm not going to tell them what I'm going to do in each case.feedback

Michael Fratantoni

Last week, mortgage rates dropped to their lowest level since the week of the November 2016 election as investors sought safety given the tense geopolitical environment, especially the concerns with respect to North Korea.feedback

Josh Rogin

For decades, the United States has been trying to get China to use its influence and power to isolate North Korea. Now, experts are asking, why doesn’t the United States try working with North Korea to isolate China? That could be a game changer not just for the North Korea crisis but for the entire region.feedback

Norihiro Fujito - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

It's not that risks on North Korea completely faded, but for now, after a sharp rise on the previous day, investors decided to wait for more catalysts before investing actively.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Since yesterday we are a bit more optimistic; I think that above all Chinese pressure contributed to the statements from North Korea about definitely putting aside these ideas of firing a missile from Guam. He said he would think about it further but it seems that the pressure put on by China worked.feedback

Zhang Xuebai

I think it is very likely that I need to return my truckload of seafood back to North Korea – and what's worse, they won't give my money back. I will probably lose about $45,000. For other businessmen who have more goods stuck there, they can lose $150,000.feedback

Ulrich Leuchtmann - Commerzbank

The North Korea missile fears seems to be abating for now and if the recent bunch of strong U.S. data translates into higher inflation, then markets will start pricing more interest rate increases from the Fed in the coming months.feedback

Todd Gordon

We've seen volatility on the heels of this escalation in tensions with North Korea, but I think it's buyable.feedback

Yang Xiyu

They try to create a situation where North Korea and the U.S. are at the brink of war and if you want to save the whole world, then you have to return to negotiations.feedback

Carsten Menke - Julius Baer Group

Unless tensions between the United States and North Korea escalate into a military conflict, there should be little upside to gold prices from current levels.feedback

Shahzad Hasan - Allianz Global Investors

Risk is back on, fears of conflict with North Korea are receding, emerging market spreads are tighter.feedback

Lyn Graham-Taylor - Rabobank

There is a more relaxed attitude being taken towards the Korean situation in markets. With the report North Korea has put its plans on hold, there is a sense of stepping back from the brink.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We shared the awareness that the most important thing is preventing North Korea from going ahead with the launch.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The purpose of strong sanctions and pressure against North Korea is to bring it to the negotiating table, not to raise military tensions.feedback

H.R. McMaster

No, she's not right. And I think the reason she's not right is that the classical deterrence theory – how does that apply to a regime like the regime in North Korea? A regime that engages in unspeakable brutality against its own people? A regime that poses a continuous threat to the its neighbors in the region and now may pose a threat, direct threat, to the United States with weapons of mass destruction? A regime that imprisons and murders anyone who seems to oppose that regime ... ?feedback

Joe Watkins

The statement that President Trump made today should have come last Saturday and it should have come with heart, in the same strong terms that he talks about North Korea or the strong terms that he's used against Sen. Mitch McConnell and other people with whom he's angry.feedback

Moon Jae-in

But North Korea sees the South as powerless and won't negotiate with us. They want to have direct talks with the United States.feedback

Francis Smazal

I'm in agreement with how Trump's approached it, kind of. If this guy (in North Korea) is left unchecked, I believe conflict is inevitable.feedback

Margot Wallstrom

Our Embassy in North Korea has a long-standing presence and a unique platform in the country (…) Our presence in North Korea enables us to engage in dialogue and interactions. We take this role very seriously.feedback

Daniel W. Drezner

North Korea, Putin's expulsion of Democrats, Charlottesville: A sorry spell for presidential rhetoric.feedback

Sung-Yoon Lee

Exporting insecurity is [Pyongyang's] time-tested means to reaping concessions.feedback

Sung-Yoon Lee

For Pyongyang, it pays to provoke. Whereas good behavior buys only indifference from its richer neighbors, being a bad apple buys leverage and billions in aid.feedback

Sung-Yoon Lee

North Korea wants to use its nukes to be better positioned to extort and bully the South. Pyongyang will blackmail the Moon government, which remains very much pro-appeasement ... hence the cycle of provocations-negotiations-concession will continue.feedback

Masashi Oda - Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank

Worries about a conflict between the United States and North Korea are not completely gone, but the market seems to be settled now.feedback

Mitsuo Imaizumi - Daiwa Securities Group

We have North Korea saying they will wait, and Trump not saying anything at all, compared to his past promise of 'fire and fury'. That added up to good news for the dollar, bad news for the yen.feedback

Evan Medeiros

It implies that China's action on North Korea is a gift to the United States, and not that these actions are in China's own interests. It is a wrong assumption, and it plays into China's own strategy.feedback

Ray Dalio

Prospective risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced in. The emerging risks appear more political than economic, which makes them especially challenging to price in. Two confrontational, nationalistic, and militaristic leaders playing chicken with each other, while the world is watching to see which one will be caught bluffing, or if there will be a hellacious war. When it comes to assessing political matters (especially global geopolitics like the North Korea matter), we are very humble. We know that we don't have a unique insight that we'd choose to bet on.feedback

Lee Su-hoon

Moon has been telling Trump that a military option should never be considered, but there is not much we can do when two strong leaders (of North Korea and the United States) are clashing. But no one wants a catastrophic end. Down the road, I expect there will be a compromise and dialogue.feedback

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

Due to caution towards a further escalation in tensions over North Korea, U.S. yields and equities are expected to decline and the yen is likely keep appreciating this week.feedback

Shane Sullivan - Emergency Essentials

Clearly, when something happens in the world like North Korea right now, it is on people's minds. It just causes them to rethink where they stand in the event of war, in the event of job loss, in the event of a natural disaster.feedback

H.R. McMaster

We're not closer to war than a week ago. But we're closer to war than we were a decade ago. And, as Dr. [Henry] Kissinger made clear in a great op-ed this weekend, this has been a problem that we have procrastinated on for a long period of time, and now it's coming to a head. Where the threat from North Korea, not only to the United States but to the world, is very, very clear. And it demands a concerted effort by the United States, but with our allies and all responsible nations.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think they can do a lot more and I think they will do a lot more (to reign in North Korea). We lost hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China. They know how I feel. It's not going to continue like that.feedback

Chris Van Hollen

We say to China, You have a choice whether you do business with North Korea or you do business with the U.S. but you can't do both.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I don´t think military action is imminent, but we´re on a collision course with North Korea. I think it´s absolutely the right rhetoric. I have President Trump´s back on this.feedback

Philip Wen - Reuters

The Chinese border towns offer the closest view you can get of North Korea if you can't get into the country itself. This is the perfect first point of reference to view the impact of sanctions.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve – or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably.feedback

Jung Ki-youl

That is why this peace concert is so meaningful. Let's shout 'no' to missiles and 'no' to nuclear weapons development and 'we want peace.' Maybe North Korea can hear us.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk. Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump. That I can tell you.feedback

Robert Phipps

If earnings can stay strong and interest rates remain low, investors can look beyond North Korea and continue to rally equities.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese operate from the conviction that China remains and will always be the No. 1 strategic threat to the U.S., so the issue of North Korea will be used against China – through sanctions, provocations and everything else.feedback

Ivo Daalder

If their bottom line is denuclearization or even eliminating a nuclear capability that can reach the U.S., that strikes me as unrealistic. Pyongyang has gone through great effort to acquire this capability, which its leaders judge necessary to ensure their survival. They're not about to give it up. So that leaves me to think that strong rhetoric is its own purpose.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

The chances of Kim being able to cut a deal with an unconventional Trump are higher than they would be with a president more sensitive to the politics of nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.feedback

Madeleine Bordallo

His bellicose statements will not make our nation any safer and will only further elevate tensions between the United States and North Korea. … President Trump must reaffirm his commitment to Guam's security and make clear that he will not allow any escalation to further threaten our island. Guam is not a bargaining chip.feedback

Susan E. Rice

War is not necessary to achieve prevention, despite what some in the Trump administration seem to have concluded. History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea – the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It will require being pragmatic.feedback

Anders Samuelsen

What we are witnessing at the moment is an escalation of rhetoric on North Korea. One could argue about the choice of words, but it's important that North Korea accepts that the international society is putting its foot down.feedback

Anders Samuelsen

The international society cannot allow North Korea to further develop its nuclear and ballistic missile program. This would enable North Korea to terrorise the region -- and beyond -- even more. We are obviously not going to accept that threat. It must be stopped.feedback

Nick Cohen

Both America and North Korea are led by men who take an active pleasure in sabre-rattling. You would have to be 90 now to have been 18 years old when the last nuclear weapon was used in anger. Nothing would more surprise the pessimists among the 1945 generation than the knowledge that no country has resorted to the ultimate lethal force since the Americans levelled Nagasaki.feedback

John Delury

The whole point of the Olympics is to use sports as a way to bridge even the most acrimonious political divides. Given President Moon Jae-in's underlying belief in the need for dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas, it certainly makes sense that South Korea would try some form of co-hosting. Whether Pyongyang is capable of being engaged is a question that can only be answered by trying.feedback

Christopher Harres

Kim embodied everything that was good in journalism and storytelling. She reported from North Korea, China and all over Europe. She had wanderlust in droves and it hung off her every word.feedback

Thomas Countryman

There are the general indicators of the White House constantly seeking to demean and marginalise the state department in inter-agency policy discussions. Those are of great concern to me. It makes everything more difficult if we actually get into a military confrontation with North Korea. You need the state department in order to dial down a conflict.feedback

Chrystia Freeland

We were clear with North Korea that Pastor Lim needed to be released, and we were very, very glad that that happened. We've also been very clear with North Korea, both in direct conversations and publicly, that their nuclear program is a grave threat to the world, that it is something that must be stopped.feedback

Stan Shipley - Evercore ISI

The last thing the markets want here is the tension between (the) U.S. and North Korea. It's a situation with no good resolution even though most people are skeptical that Russia and China have a plan to defuse the situation.feedback

Michael Mazarr

China has very fractured relations with North Korea right now, but they could easily try to jump in and create a trilateral dialogue between themselves and the two Koreas where they try to create a solution.feedback

Henry Kissinger

An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite. Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We don't want to talk about backchannels. We want to talk about a country that has misbehaved for many, many years - decades actually - through numerous administrations. They didn't want to take on the issue and I have no choice but to take it on, and I'm taking it on. We'll either be very, very successful quickly or we're going to be very, very successful in a different way, quickly. North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.feedback

Art Cashin

(The markets are) going to try and drag their feet assuming the next move is up to North Korea and nothing happens nearly to the end of next week.feedback

Susan DiMaggio

North Korea is assessing its options. They recognize that at some point they have to return to the table to address what's becoming a crisis. That's what they are weighing right now: the timing of engagement.feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work, like we have seen in the UN Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan. Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer.feedback

Mitchell Goldberg

The verbal jabs coming out of Pyongyang and D.C., I think, are more about negotiating than communicating action. Everyone is posturing ahead of negotiations to have as strong a hand as possible.feedback

Mitchell Goldberg

The ultimate problem we have with North Korea is they do have nukes and Seoul is only 30 miles away from the DMZ. That's a frightening prospect.feedback

Peter Cardillo - First Standard Financial

If we saw any movement out of North Korea or if we saw any movements out of the United States… If there was evidence [Kim] is really mobilizing an attack or vice-versa, obviously that would be very negative. We could see a huge drop in the stock market – but we'd have to get to that point. We could go down 3 to 4 percent in one day.feedback

Shane Oliver - AMP Capital Investors

What has changed this time is that the scary threats and war of words between the U.S. and North Korea have intensified to the point that markets can't ignore it. Of course, it's all come at a time when share markets are due for a correction, so North Korea has provided a perfect trigger.feedback

Patrick Cronin - Center for a New American Security

The United States is not going to start a war over South Korea's head here. The intention is to deter and contain North Korea.feedback

Yoon Hee-yeul

Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn't this much response, as people became immune to frequent missile launches and nuclear tests. I feel it's different this time.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The key point is in the first half of the sentence; China opposes North Korea testing missiles in the waters around Guam.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Be under no misapprehension – in terms of defence we [Australia and US] are joined at the hip. Let's be very clear … If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea, then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States, just as if there was an attack on Australia, the United States would come to our aid. We would come to the aid of the United States. Now, how that manifests itself will obviously depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.feedback

Oliver Jones

If tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalate further, we think that the implications for equities in South Korea and elsewhere will remain limited provided that war does not actually break out.feedback

Steve Goldman - Kapstream Capital

This is another story in the never-ending saga of North Korea and this happens every few months and sometimes it's off for a while, sometimes it's on. But this time I think the probabilities are increasing, so we've got to start thinking long term that something may actually happen here.feedback

Daryl Kimball

Tillerson has the right line, he's trying to dial down the pressure to make it clear that the U.S. doesn't want regime change in North Korea. Donald Trump needs to follow the lead of his secretary of state. It's urgent to engage in a serious, adult conversation about mutual security concerns. China and South Korea are encouraging it, Tillerson is open to it but Trump's reckless threats are interfering with that.feedback

Andrew Gilholm - Control Risks

There is a case for talking tough [to North Korea], but the problem is that there isn't a great deal of deliberate, coordinated strategy behind the mixed messaging coming out of Washington.feedback

Al Gore

I think it's only fair to point out [Trump] inherited this crisis. The previous three presidents were not able to find an adequate solution [to the North Korea crisis], so he can't be blamed for all this. He has a secretary of defense and national security adviser, both of whom are immensely respected. I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail.feedback

Vladimir I. Batyuk

If the Americans apply military force against the D.P.R.K., they will clearly lose whatever political support Moscow and Beijing have provided so far for U.S. policy toward North Korea.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Talk of the need to carry out a pre-emptive strike at North Korea, Pyongyang's talk of the need to strike at Guam island at the U.S. military base, this has been continual, and we are very worried by this.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

Anyone hoping that the deep state will depose an unhinged American president before all-out war with North Korea needs to think again. Among the many terrifying facts that have emerged in the last several days, perhaps the scariest relate to the nuclear button over which now hovers the finger of Donald Trump. It turns out that, of all the powers held by this or any other US president, the least checked or balanced is his authority over the world’s mightiest arsenal. He exercises this awesome, civilisation-ending power alone.feedback

Josh Mahony

For a week that has been largely devoid of major economic releases, Donald Trump's confrontational stance with North Korea has raised volatility across the board, pushing the Vix from a rock bottom reading on Tuesday, to the highest level in almost a year. This has been a week of two halves, with complaints over a lack of volatility giving way to complaints over unpredictable volatility.feedback

Neil Wilson - ETX Capital

The Vix just popped to its highest since the election of Donald Trump as jitters about North Korea roil risk sentiment. It's about time the market woke up – nothing like the prospect of a nuclear stand-off to sharpen mind of investors who had become a tad complacent.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have received a dossier that North Korea may be about to unleash a Godzilla, or possibly a Rodan on US naval warships in the Pacific Ocean. The American people will not stand idly by and allow a dictator such as Kim Jon-un to threaten our way of life with a massive, city-stomping, fire breathing lizard creature, okay? Everybody, we need to concentrate all our attention on this. The entire west coast is at risk… have you seen the size of these things? Huge. Trust me.feedback

Sebastian Gorka

You should listen to the president. The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical. North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States and use nuclear weapons. Sooner or later, somebody should take them seriously.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. We've not had any extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles. I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send to us, would be to stop these missile launches.feedback

Mitchell Kim

A lot of it has to do with the geopolitical risk between the U.S. and North Korea. It's making a round trip back to Asia.feedback

Mike Crisostomo

President Trump's response has been we will retaliate with force, but we don't need to prove that we're stronger than North Korea. Trump doesn't need to flex his muscle to show the US is strong, and yet if something happens, the thousands of us here on the island are the ones who will be hit.feedback

Keith Lerner

The slight bias to the upside (in stocks) is a result of the CPI number. The market is interpreting it as lowering the odds of the Fed raising rates in December. There's not a great incentive to buy big. You're less than 2 percent off the high for the S&P heading into a weekend where uncertainty with North Korea still lingers.feedback

Stephen Colbert

To be fair, North Korea isn't helping in this situation. Today they said they're drawing up plans to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters near Guam. Speaking of which, the president addressed those threats this afternoon.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Before we start the show tonight I'd like to go on the record: I do not want the world to blow up. That's where my house is. But things are getting tense between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. For the record, we didn't start it. North Korea has been testing these missiles for a long time now and saying specifically they're making them to attack the United States. So obviously a firm response is necessary, but maybe not 'fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen.feedback

Kim Dong-yub

If North Korea actually launches Hwasong-12 missiles towards Guam, they're going to do it with all their other missiles, artillery and tanks ready for action. And we should be prepared too.feedback

Peter Kenny

Markets are looking for any reason at all for a reset. That reset is being triggered by North Korea geopolitical concern and stretched valuations. I do think we could see markets pull back between 1 and 5 percent.feedback

Michael Gerson

Is a North Korea with nuclear-tipped ICBMs acceptable — yes or no?feedback

Cristina Varriale

It's not that engagement is not there between the U.S. and North Korea, but it's that the engagement is not happening at the right levels, or it's not being fed back up to those levels.feedback

Ray Dalio

When it comes to assessing political matters (especially global geopolitics like the North Korea matter), we are very humble. We know that we don't have a unique insight that we'd choose to bet on. We aim to stay liquid, stay diversified, and not be overly exposed to any particular economic outcomes.feedback

David Cohen

Imposing secondary sanctions would send a strong message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the financial noose is tightening in a way that could drive a wedge between Kim and the Pyongyang elite critical to his continued hold on power.feedback

Erin Gibbs - S&P Global

We see some of the best value and growth with those two, particularly with some of the anti-air missile defense systems and the merger rumors. Those could be, potentially, your best bets, even if things escalate or don't escalate with North Korea.feedback

Pete Skibitski - Drexel Hamilton

We enjoyed an analyst dinner with Raytheon management last night … and came away reinvigorated by the opportunity set available to the firm. One senior executive said each of Raytheon's market areas are the hottest he's ever seen, even going back to Cold War days. There was also a view present that the recent hostilities re North Korea could provide impetus to passing an FY18 defense budget above the Trump administration's request.feedback

Sebastian Gorka

North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States and use nuclear weapons.feedback

Maris Ogg

We're through most of the earnings season and the valuations [in the stock market] become a bit problematic when you have something like North Korea come up.feedback

Robert Murrett

I would be reluctant to trade on those terms because of a signal it may be sending to others around the world and specifically to others that rely upon us heavily in the region.feedback

David Maxwell

In 1993, we unilaterally ended Team Spirit as a confidence-building measure and stopped the exercise. But of course, North Korea continued its nuclear development.feedback

Susan E. Rice

We can rely on traditional deterrence by making crystal clear that any use of nuclear weapons against the United States or its allies would result in annihilation of North Korea. Defense Secretary James Mattis struck this tone on Wednesday. The same red line must apply to any proof that North Korea has transferred nuclear weapons to another state or nonstate actor.feedback

Justin Trudeau

I am pleased and relieved to confirm that Pastor Lim has been released from jail in North Korea and that he will soon be reunited with his family and friends in Canada. In particular, I want to thank Sweden, our protecting power in North Korea, for assisting us. This week, a Canadian government delegation led by Daniel Jean, my special envoy, traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea, to discuss Pastor Lim's case. Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The U.S. is not on board, but that disagreement is negotiable. The main obstacle is North Korea. It has said clearly, before and after the new U.N. sanctions, that its nuclear weapons program is not a bargaining chip to exchange for any deals or benefits. It's not negotiable. Then if this isn't negotiable, the dual suspension plan is no longer an interesting game to play.feedback

Zhang Liangui

North Korea said many times that it is absolutely not interested in anything requiring it to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea has completely shut the door to negotiations.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

When everyone is talking tough, people's tempers may be at high tide. Given time, all parties may calm down. If not, and the conflict intensifies, China could take a more active step, like sending an envoy to Washington, Pyongyang, Tokyo, Seoul and Moscow for shuttle diplomacy.feedback

Matthew Levitt

It's a human and emotional response, but also logical. Iran is not a closed economy that is entirely blocked off from the rest of the world, while North Korea largely is.feedback

Michael O'Hanlon - The Brookings Institution

What lessons will Iran draw if North Korea gets away with not only getting a bomb, but building up continuously with China and Russia tolerating it?feedback

Hiroyuki Nakai - Tokai Tokyo Research Center

The market has calmed down a bit, as they remember that the market did not suffer a major damage in April after North Korea filed a missile.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

We're going to see a confrontation between the United States and North Korea that will be ferocious and strong and bloody. We are in a very dangerous time, and China is going to need to take notice and prepare for the worst.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Renowned Deal Artist Donald Trump saw their threat of an apocalypse and raised them an armageddon. Oh, we've seen it before. And you know what else we've seen? You using that phrase. Look North Korea, leave Guam out of this! They're a U.S. territory. That means they don't participate in the elections, okay? They didn't vote for Trump, just like most Americans.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obviously we're spending a lot of time looking at, in particular, North Korea, and we are preparing for many different alternative events.feedback

Sebastian Gorka

He's saying don't test America and don't test Donald Trump. We are not just the superpower. We were a superpower, we are now a hyperpower. Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

North Korea has been a pain in the butt for decades. He's not going to take any guff from North Korea, but he's not going to do anything unilaterally.feedback

Shin Beom-chul

By revealing this detailed plan, North Korea is trying to show that its Hwasong-12 missile is a reliable system and that it has capabilities of operating nuclear missiles.feedback

Seth Meyers

The international community is struggling to contain the rapidly escalating threats of North Korea's nuclear program. And one big obstacle they're facing is the fact that no one takes the president of the United States seriously. It's an extremely tense, delicate situation that requires calm diplomacy and sober deliberation. Unfortunately, we elected a human bullhorn with a corn syrup addiction. When you respond to North Korea, you're not supposed to sound like North Korea. Obama didn't respond to Putin's hacking by riding shirtless on horseback, even though everyone would've loved that.feedback

Seth Meyers

Hey man, you can't put an ellipsis after a tweet about nuclear weapons. And look, he's probably doing it because he knows it's more dramatic this way, but for me, I'm just going to imagine that he's too exhausted to do two tweets in a row. Trump is talking tough on North Korea, but if this week has shown anything, it's that we have a president who is temperamentally unfit to deal with a situation like this.feedback

Yun Sun

A striking impression is how little China sees the threats by either North Korea or Trump as credible.feedback

Hugh White

Trump is making empty threats to North Korea. It is credible to say that America will attack North Korea if North Korea actually attacks the U.S. or allies – as Mattis has done. But it is not credible to threaten to attack if North Korea keeps issuing verbal threats towards America. But if, as is much more likely, it turns into a costly disaster for the United States, South Korea and Japan, in the end that might well mark the end of the United States' leadership in Asia.feedback

Sun Zhe

China is not too worried that the United States might suddenly attack North Korea. It is worried about THAAD.feedback

Anthony Clark Arend

Kim says all kinds of crazy things, with no history besides incendiary statements. If North Korea were preparing for an attack, you'd see it.feedback

James Stavridis

I'm not sure that our primary interest is signaling the Chinese or the Russians. When you start flying live bombers, which are going to drop bombs, or launch cruise missiles into North Korea, the subtlety of a nuclear platform and a non-nuclear platform is likely to be lost on Kim Jong Un.feedback

Jim Cramer

Don't bother trying to play the nuclear standoff in North Korea. It's a fool's game. I'm not saying you shouldn't freak out; after all, this is the first time a rogue nation with nukes has flat out threatened to use them on us.feedback

Tom Collina

If North Korea attacks the United States, there will be no North Korea anymore… The United States would respond with overwhelming force.feedback

Joel Wit

North Korea hasn't proven it can do anything in terms of launching an attack against the US or even Guam. We think based on the evidence that that they can probably build a weapon small enough to put on one of their missiles that can reach targets in their region. Whether they can do it with a missile that can reach the US is, I think, unclear. Whether [North Korea] can put a warhead on top of an ICBM today or tomorrow or the week after or the month after, the point is that this train is coming down the tracks. We need to think about that and be ready for it.feedback

David Nelson

I think they're focused on the news that matters, and the news that matters is not necessarily North Korea.feedback

Steve Grasso

This doesn't actually get us any closer to war. We know what North Korea does; this is a page out of their playbook. We sort of know what President Trump does; this is sort of a page out of his playbook. It hasn't really translated to a massive amount of volatility.feedback

Paul Christopher

You would have to see the sides give up the possibility for a diplomatic conversation, even if it's not between the U.S. and North Korea. If the U.S. and China were to publicly break over North Korea, that would be a significant negative.feedback

Jack Reed

The President's 'fire and fury' ad lib was not helpful. Defusing the North Korea threat will take smart, steady leadership and stronger diplomatic ties with our key allies. North Korea is isolated and will face further consequences from the international community for their destabilizing actions. Sanctions on the regime will continue to tighten and the U.S. and international community must work together to strategically apply pressure on North Korea at every point necessary to neutralize this threat.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile...but China is trying hard!feedback

Mark Bowden - United Nations

The heat has been turned up on the whole question, but the harsh facts of the situations haven't changed and the consequences of a military attack haven't changed. I think it's just coming to a head. Beyond a certain limit… any sort of major conventional attack on North Korea, or by North Korea on South Korea, I think would rapidly escalate… the conventional capabilities of North Korea alone are capable of wreaking so much havoc on Seoul and on American bases within reach, the costs would rapidly become so high it would be unacceptable and I think it would just spiral out of control.feedback

Mark Bowden - United Nations

I think what we're witnessing here from the American side is a fairly a coordinated effort to move the North Korea problem off of the dime... I think it's a carrot and stick thing. And it remains to be seen whether anything decent will come of it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

First, I'd negotiate. I'd negotiate like crazy and I'd make sure that we'd try to get the best deal possible. The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation. And we have a country out there, North Korea, which is sort of wacko, which is not a bunch of dummies, and they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons. They're laughing at us. They think we're a bunch of dummies. I'm saying we have to do something to stop.feedback

Benjamin R. Young

How we got to warnings about fire and fury: the 1983 invasion of the small Caribbean nation of Grenada thousands of miles from North Korea.feedback

JJ Kinahan - TD Ameritrade

Geopolitics splashed cold water on the markets. There's uncertainty and caution as investors nervously eye the next foreign policy moves. Despite all this, there's no reason to press the panic button. For now, the North Korea situation bears watching as there's lots of tough talk, but we'll see if it escalates.feedback

Josh Rogin

For several months, the Trump administration has held off using various tools at its disposal to increase the pressure on China to increase its pressure on North Korea. But as the crisis worsens, it’s clearer than ever that China is not going to voluntarily do what’s needed to bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table under terms the United States can accept.feedback

Brad Bechtel - Jefferies

Obviously we are looking at the increased tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Tensions are still high and not going away at the moment. Safe havens are bid and markets are a little uneasy. The dollar is a safe haven, just as much as the Swiss franc and the yen. It shouldn't surprise that it's going to rally a little bit on this increased tension.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

A conflict would be shattering. It would have catastrophic consequences. We all understand that. The global community, led by the (UN) security council, including China and Russia, are all united in seeking to bring the maximum economic pressure on North Korea to bring them to their senses without conflict.feedback

Cameron Ahmad

A Canadian government delegation is currently in Pyongyang, DPRK, to discuss Pastor Lim's case. Pastor Lim's health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case. As this is an active case, we will not provide further comment at this time.feedback

Jane Foley - Rabobank International

The CHF (Swiss franc) along with the JPY (Japanese Yen) are widely considered the usual safe-haven currencies. However, given geographical proximately I would expect the JPY to be most sensitive to issues regarding North Korea.feedback

Bill English

When a situation is so tense and I think, you're seeing reaction from North Korea, that indicates that kind of comment is more likely to escalate than to settle things. Everyone wants to avoid military confrontation and the path ahead there is for North Korea to comply with the UN sanctions and for international pressure to push them in that direction.feedback

Bruce Klingner

An ICBM is more difficult. Most folks think North Korea hasn't demonstrated a [reentry vehicle for the ICBM], but they could do it tomorrow or they could do it next year.feedback

John Delury

If the red line he drew today was 'North Korea cannot threaten the U.S. anymore,' that line was crossed within an hour of him making that statement. Certainly, the president cannot back up a red line.feedback

Steve Hanke

North Korea have no intentions of backing down. Tensions will continue to mount and could eventually develop into a black swan event that the markets are not prudently considering.feedback

Kyosuke Suzuki - Société Générale

Dollar/yen has already gone below 110.00 yen, and at this stage we are likely to see the pair begin to bottom out as the market finds time to assess the situation. The next focal point is whether North Korea conducts a nuclear experiment and how the United States responds.feedback

Robert F. Underwood

Most of the time the overheated rhetoric comes from North Korea. This time it's coming from the U.S. side.feedback

Johnny Michael

We always maintain a high state of readiness and have the capabilities to counter any threat, to include those from North Korea.feedback

Phillip Lipscy

I don't believe there's any diplomatic solution that gets North Korea to give up its weapons. The military option is very risky and costly. If they do undertake some kind of military action, you're talking about a potentially catastrophic situation with estimates upward of millions of casualties.feedback

Phillip Lipscy

I don't really think there are any good options the U.S. can take here...there is no credible way the U.S. can defend against the kinds of things North Korea could do in retaliation to any U.S. action.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

North Korea is always sensitive to our efforts to affect its internal politics. Kim Jong-un was paranoid in killing his older half brother – he's worried about the survival of his regime, so we should be taking action to make him more worried to convince him that he has to be responsive to our concerns.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea is behaving very badly … China has done little to help!feedback

Stephen Colbert

US intelligence now believes that North Korea is now making missile-ready nuclear weapons. My God, Dennis Rodman, did you do nothing?feedback

Stephen Colbert

Look, North Korea, stop trying to make us a thing, all right? I'm not saying what we have isn't special, but it's not exclusive. The United States, we sanction a lot of other countries. We sanctioned Russia just last week and it felt pretty great. Listen, they threaten us in a way you never will. You should see the size of their missiles.feedback

Stephen Colbert

I know a lot of people tune in to this show on a nightly basis to get their news and information. They count on me to be a straight shooter with a calm voice. I don't want to be alarmist. But we're all going to die. But don't worry, the story gets worse. Because over the weekend the UN security council voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. And in response.feedback

Jimmy Kimmel

By the way, he's making this crazy threat from a golf course. There's probably a little shop that sells range balls in the next room. US intelligence, by the way, assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could potentially reach California, Oregon, and Washington, three states that didn't vote for guess-who, by the way.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Equities are nursing losses thanks to an unwelcome escalation in geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea, both trading nuclear threats that have awoken volatility from its slumber and seen risk assets shunned in favour of the traditional safe havens.feedback

Jim Vogel

The most visible impact of escalating verbal threats between North Korea and President Trump comes at the long end of the U.S. Treasury curve. Intermediates, including 10s, fell within reasonable one-day boundaries similar to recent moves related to central bank or economic news.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I think in fact the pressure is starting to show. I think that's why the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang has gotten louder and more threatening. Whether we've got them backed into a corner or not is difficult to say. But diplomatically you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out. Talks. Talks with the right expectation of what those talks will be about.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We should use our convening power as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to make one last try with six-party talks. But we should try for six-party talks one last time and if they fail, or North Korea refuses to attend or sets impossible conditions, there will be a morality on our side.feedback

Moon Sang-gyun

North Korea should realize if it doesn't stop its … provocations, it will face even stronger pressure and sanctions. We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive! I will be holding a major briefing on the Opioid crisis, a major problem for our country, today at 3:00 PM in Bedminster, N.J.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

By definition what we don't know is what is not reported. People who go to Pyongyang and ask themselves the question: 'Gosh, it seems like there's a lot of liquidity here. Where is the capital coming from?' I think part of the answer to that question is that not everything that goes into North Korea is officially recorded.feedback

Richard Nephew

So you now have a set of restrictions on what people can buy from North Korea. Are they actually going to hold to that? And are they going to inspect ships and cargo containers and so forth when they are coming from North Korea to prove that, in fact, they aren't breaking those terms? Those are the problems that have bedeviled UN sanctions for quite a long time–and North Korea sanctions in particular.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

We've seen the Chinese stop recording oil exports to North Korea.feedback

Richard Bitzinger

North Korea is already a de facto nuclear state and it's doubtful that sanctions are going to do anything to affect this. Sanctions are mainly a feel-good exercise for the countries implementing them.feedback

Tomoaki Fujii - Akatsuki Securities

The sell-off caused by geopolitical tensions on North Korea will likely be short-lived as long as both Trump and Kim Jong Un keep making feints against each other and neither takes military action. The market's dent only lasted for a week in April when tension rose between them after North Korea launched a missile. Both countries know that there is no turning back once they push the button.feedback

Kumiko Ishikawa

It's a clear case of 'risk-off' sentiment lifting the yen, as investors focus on the latest developments with North Korea.feedback

Madeleine Bordallo

However these recent threats make it imperative for President Trump to work with the international community, especially with China and other stakeholders in the region, to de-escalate these tensions. The President's tweet earlier today is concerning and unhelpful and does not lay out a clear strategy on how he will address the growing threats from North Korea. Kim Jung-Un's reckless behavior cannot be tolerated, and I strongly urge the President to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation.feedback

Daryl Kimball

Clearly, North Korea believes it has a nuclear deterrent that can strike the United States. It is dangerous and reckless and counterproductive for Donald Trump to threaten the annihilation of North Korea. What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation. We are currently on the road to a conflict and we have to get to the off ramp.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

I don't have the slightest doubt that the RVs on these missiles are working. That's done. We're there. North Korea can put a nuclear weapon on New York City.feedback

Joseph Cirincione

That is really a new level of unreality. It would be funny if the consequences weren't so catastrophic. We have openings. You have to hand it to Nikki Haley. The new security council measures go much further, but where is the rest of the plan? There is a deep state of incoherence on North Korea.feedback

Adam Mount - Center for American Progress

The Trump administration has contradicted itself on every piece of its North Korea policy. They continue to look for easy answers where there are none. Each time they contradict a policy, it makes them harder to go down that route. And with very few tools to choose from, they are severely limiting their own options. Meanwhile, they have been neglecting pressing imperatives: reassurance of American allies, re-evaluating whether allied deterrence posture remains sound, and enforcing the sanctions authority they already have.feedback

Scott LaFoy

I lean towards believing North Korea is either in possession of a device, or the potential sixth nuclear test will be the practical test of said device. The Japanese defence white paper doesn't add much to this due to its expected government vagueness, but it is consistent with what I'm seeing.feedback

Wang Yi

Who has been carrying out the U.N. Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea? It is China. Who bore the cost? It is also China.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The best signal that North Korea could send that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. I'm not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks. This is really about the spirit of these talks.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We're not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks. This is really about the spirit of these talks, and they can demonstrate they're ready to sit with a spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests. So this is not a 'give me 30 days and we're ready to talk.' It's not quite that simple. So it is all about how we see their attitude towards approaching a dialogue with us.feedback

Baek Tai-hyun

Sending leaflets near the border could spark unnecessary military tensions, including a possible accidental conflict. It also poses a real threat to the safety of border-area residents.feedback

Kyle Ferrier

Given increased missile activity this year and past responses to U.N. sanctions, it seems very likely that North Korea will launch a sequence of short-range missiles in the coming days or weeks.feedback

Jean Lee

U.S. officials are no doubt pleased that China backed the sanctions, but it's whether Beijing puts pressure on all entities to enforce them that matters. Whether Pyongyang responds with restraint or pushes back against Beijing with more military provocations is what we'll be watching.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

When do these actually have a practical bite on their revenues... the more important element of that is just the message that this sends to North Korea of how unacceptable the entire international community finds what they're doing to be.feedback

Donald J. Trump

By limiting the executive's flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together. Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us [healthcare]!feedback

Wang Yi

This is currently the most realistic and plausible initiative and it is the most reasonable and friendly solution.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United Nationals Security Council just voted to 15-0 to saction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!feedback

Wang Yi

After the implementation of the resolutions, the Korean peninsula issue enters into a critical juncture. We call on all sides to take a responsible attitude when making judgements and taking actions.... We cannot do one and neglect the other. Sanctions are needed but sanctions are not the final goal.feedback

Toshihide Ando

Now is not the time for dialogue but the time to increase effective pressure on North Korea so that they will take concrete actions towards de-nuclearisation.feedback

Vergel Villasoto

Equities, no doubt, have an impact on the performance of gold-backed ETFs in the short term ... Despite geopolitical tensions with North Korea and the shake-up in the Trump administration, equity markets seem to be taking them in their stride. These announcements have a negative impact in ... demand for safe haven assets like gold or silver.feedback

Thomas O. Karako

You can't help but read the newspaper and see what North Korea is doing... and ask are we postured well enough and will we remain sufficiently defended into the coming years should North Korea enter into serial production of these things.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel [the border with South Korea]. But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.feedback

Donald J. Trump

He's working so nicely [on North Korea]. China is trying to help us. Would I want to start heavy, heavy trade or currency manipulation statements against somebody that is out there right now trying to stop what could be a very bad situation?feedback

Shinzo Abe

The economy remains our top priority. We'll seek to end deflation by accelerating a virtuous economic cycle. The threat from North Korea has heightened, both for Japan and the United States. There has never been a time when strengthening Japan-U.S. alliance has become so important.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We initiated a sustained and continued intensified campaign on what I like to call peaceful pressure [on North Korea], because the options available to us [. . .] are limited. We certainly don't blame the Chinese for the situation in North Korea.feedback

Susan Thornton

We would like to see more action faster and more obvious and quick results, but I think we're not giving up yet. Can we work together jointly on the key security challenge facing Northeast Asia, which is the North Korea challenge? If we can work together to do that, surely we can have a productive, mutually beneficial economic relationship in which we both enjoy reciprocal and fair access to each other's markets.feedback

Susan Thornton

What we are trying to do is galvanise this pressure and isolate North Korea so it can see what the opportunity cost is over developing these weapons programmes.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

He's told me that. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it. You can stop North Korea, militarily or diplomatically.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We initiated a sustained and continued intensified campaign for what I like to call, peaceful pressure, because the options available to us, I think, as all of you well understand, are limited. We have reaffirmed our position towards North Korea, that what we are doing, we do not see a regime change. We do not seek the collapse of the regime. We do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The president obviously has been very outspoken about how he feels about North Korea. We are weighing up and keeping all options on the table and as we have said it many times before we are not going to broadcast what we are going to do and until that happens.feedback

Donald J. Trump

While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We test this relationship through things like the situation in North Korea. Can we work together to address this global threat where we have a common objective? And where we have differences – in the South China Sea, and we have some trading differences that need to be addressed – can we work through those differences in a way without it leading to open conflict and find the solutions that are necessary to serve us both.feedback

Joe Dunford

Many people have talked about military options [against North Korea] with words like 'unimaginable'. I would shift that slightly and say it would be horrific. It would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes. Anyone who has been alive since World War II has never seen the loss of life that could occur if there's a conflict on the Korean peninsula.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

While we will continue to seek international cooperation on North Korea, the United States is sending an emphatic message across the globe that we will not hesitate to take action against persons, companies, and financial institutions who enable this regime.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I'm saying it's inevitable unless North Korea changes because you're making our president pick between regional stability and homeland security. He's having to make a choice that no president wants to make. You can stop North Korea militarily or diplomatically, I prefer the diplomatic approach. But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top and to allow them to do that is really abandoning homeland security.feedback

Vipin Narang

The Chinese have an incentive to let this fester because it's a big distraction for Washington. North Korea is a huge thorn in our side.feedback