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Steven Mnuchin
We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria and North Korea to protect American lives. I can assure you that's a big focus of mine and I discuss it with the president.feedback
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NEW May 24 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about North Korea. You'll find 616 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about North Korea are: Donald J. Trump, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence and Shinzo Abe. Donald J. Trump specifically said: “Just take care of yourself, and we will take care of North Korea. Keep up the good work, you are doing an amazing job. Take care of yourself, Rodrigo. God bless you.”.
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Ahn Chong-ghee

North Korea is carrying out cyber attacks through third countries to cover up the origin of the attacks and using their information and communication technology infrastructure.feedback

Zhu Huani - Mizuho Bank

North Korea conducted a missile test on Sunday, but it is not expected to cause much financial market impact as both the U.S. and South Korea have been restrained in their reactions.feedback

Keiichi Ishii

The role of the Japanese Coastguard is becoming all the more important with the surveillance of waters around the Senkaku islands, and dealing with repeated missile launches by North Korea.feedback

Shi Yinhong

Maybe the Chinese side suspects the reconnaissance plane not only wanted to know about North Korea, but wanted to know what's going on in China with advanced military equipment. Trump, because of his domestic political weakness, does not want to have trouble with China. This may be to show that Trump dare not harm the China relationship.feedback

Phil Bryant

Of course it would. The United States is reaching out – the President and the leader of China are working together, the President even said he might be willing to meet the leader of North Korea.feedback

Joe Namath

This is a major problem, and the leader of North Korea is a bit squirrelly, you know? I don't know, Karl mentioned bringing China on board – it's going to take a combined effort of countries, and I like the idea of what you said about embargo, and other countries need to get involved other than just the United States.feedback

Stephen Rademaker

Pyongyang is nuclear-armed and is determined to remain that way, despite sanctions and diplomacy.feedback

Lee Hee-beom

South Korea will welcome North Korea and when they decide to come the South Korean government will allow them to come by road and when they have supporting teams the Korean government will allow them to come by ship. All nations are very welcome, including North Korea and Russia. We want it to be the peace Games. The participation of Russia is not my authority. Before when the public was asked what they thought about Pyeongchang 2018, 47 percent said 'scandal.feedback

Lee Duk-haeng

Our most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should open. The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet.feedback

Nobuhiko Kuramochi - Mizuho Securities

Worries about European politics and North Korea have receded. The earnings are mostly over. But now we have worries about the Trump Administration. Given that there are some stock indexes that have risen more than 10 per cent so far this year, we may be entering a consolidation phase.feedback

Carla Park Freeman

You could really see China's emergency-response system kicking in, and see how China might deal with North Korea.feedback

Simon Choi

We are talking about a possibility, not that this was done by North Korea. We have underestimated North Korea so far that since North Korea is poor, it wouldn't have any technologies. But North Korea has been preparing cyber skills for more than 10 years and its skill is significant. We should never underestimate it.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any tests there. If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea we will call you out on it, we will make sure that everyone knows who you are and we will target sanctions toward you as well. I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that. We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward.feedback

Thomas J. Reese - National Catholic Reporter

If the Chinese president can educate him on North Korea in 15 minutes, hopefully the pope can educate him on some of these issues like climate change and refugees and immigrants and concerns for the poor. On the other hand, it may be that all the president is interested in is a photo-op and looking presidential. If that's the case they'll give him the photo-op and send him on his way.feedback

Simon Choi

We are talking about a possibility, not that this was done by North Korea. Since a July 2009 cyberattack by North Korea, they used the same method. It's not unique in North Korea but it's also not a very common method. We have underestimated North Korea so far that since North Korea is poor, it wouldn't have any technologies. But North Korea has been preparing cyber skills for more than 10 years and its skill is significant. We should never underestimate it.feedback

Nobuhiko Kuramochi - Mizuho Securities

Worries about European politics and North Korea have receded... But now we have worries about the Trump Administration. Given that there are some stock indexes that have risen more than 10 percent so far this year, we may be entering a consolidation phase.feedback

Nikki Haley

The conversations that I have had ... in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long-range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action. I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that. We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any tests there. If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea we will call you out on it, we will make sure that everyone knows who you are and we will target sanctions toward you as well. The conversations that I have had... with my counterpart and in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action.feedback

Sean Spicer

There is no question that North Korea continues to threaten the United States and our allies, Japan, South Korea, and its neighbours, including both China and Russia, . We are calling on all of those folks in the region, particularly China and Russia, to do everything they can in terms of sanctions to help resolve the situation and bring stability to the Peninsula. But I'm not going to get ahead of that discussion at this point.feedback

Harry B. Harris Jr.

Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for a disaster. Kim Jong Un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We now need to apply pressure on North Korea, and Japan and the United States need to coordinate closely so as to apply pressure.feedback

Fred Fleitz

It was a significant advance in terms of missiles that seem to be able to carry a fairly heavy warhead and carry it a fairly significant distance. It's going in both directions. I suspect the North Koreans also have tried to find scientists – maybe former Soviet scientists – to try to help them develop these [weapons] programs. I think there's some very tough times ahead coming as this missile program progresses. If the missile looks very likely to strike Japan from North Korea, we have to shoot it down. Or what if the missile is going out towards Hawaii. We can't assume that it's a test.feedback

Todd Harrison

If you took that same missile and launched it on a trajectory that was optimized for range, you could actually get a range of over 4,000 kilometers (or 2,485 miles).feedback

Fred Fleitz

I think it's a terrible idea because of the possibility of retaliation against Seoul.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

China, accounting for 90 percent of North Korean trade, China alone has economic leverage over Pyongyang that is unique, and its role is therefore particularly important.feedback

Lana Del Rey

I had complex feelings about spending the weekend dancing whilst watching tensions w North Korea mount.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea, . We need to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it and find ways to resolve these problems peacefully. If you recall, there was a time when North Korea announced it was suspending this kind of (nuclear) programme, but unfortunately certain participants in the negotiations process did not have enough patience. I think we need to return to this.feedback

James Woods - Rivkin Securities

We do not know the extent of damage or information that was captured in the attack; it's likely we'll hear more details about it today but initial reports suggest it was caught relatively early and limited to older computers. We are seeing safe havens bid a little higher this morning with the yen and gold higher while U.S. Treasury yields are edging lower. Certainly contributing to this was the launch of another missile test by North Korea over the weekend... the Korean won has weakened, which may suggest the test has traders a little on edge.feedback

John Schilling

Would allow North Korea to conduct at least some of the testing necessary to develop an operational ICBM, without actually launching ICBMs, particularly if it includes the same rocket engines.feedback

Kim Dong-yub

There is enormous pressure when a missile re-enters the atmosphere. ... If (electrical) circuits break and a trigger device fails to detonate nuclear fuel, you can imagine that only some twisted metal will fall on Alaska or Hawaii, even if North Korea fires missiles at them.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea. But at the same time, we understand that what we have observed in the world recently, and specifically flagrant violations of international law and incursions into the territory of foreign states, changes in regime, lead to such kinds of arms races. In this connection, we need to act in a joined-up way, (and) strengthen the system of international guarantees with the help of international law and with the help of the U.N. Charter.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

The greatest responsibility for bringing North Korea to its senses … lies with China. They have the overwhelming dominant economic relationship with North Korea and because they have the greatest leverage, they have the greatest responsibility.feedback

Jin Hyo-seon

As South Korea's diplomatic situation matures, North Korea should also show a more mature attitude, not a childish one, and contribute to (establishing a better) diplomatic relationship.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation . . . occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea. The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating.feedback

Shinzo Abe

These repeated missile launches by North Korea are a grave threat to our country and are in clear violation of UN security council resolutions.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

[Moon] said while South Korea remains open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it is only possible when North Korea shows a change in attitude.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We will continue to closely coordinate with the United States and South Korea to respond to the North Korea situation.feedback

Marise Payne

Australia regards this as a reckless and provocative action that leads to instability both regionally and globally and has condemned clearly in the past North Korea for this sort of behaviour and we do so again. It is absolutely opposed by the broad international community.feedback

John Tattersall

Everyone's got a mouth full of this stuff. They're concerned and trying to figure out what's going to happen next: Taxes, health care, North Korea, you name it.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

That is the decision we will inherit as a Labour government and that is what the position is. The new US president seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, and backing a new nuclear arms race.feedback

Han Song Ryol

These terrorists plotted and planned in detail for the use of biochemical substances including radioactive and poisonous substances as the means of assassination. These biochemical substances were to be provided with the assistance of the CIA ... while the South Korean Intelligence Service was going to provide necessary support and funding for this attempt at assassination on our supreme leader.feedback

Markus Ederer

We must increase pressure to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. That means we must consistently implement sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the European Union.feedback

Markus Ederer

We must increase pressure to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. This means above all that we must consistently apply sanctions that the United Nations and European Union imposed. In that regard, it is particularly important that we do even more to dry up the financial resources used to fund the nuclear program. The German government is in complete agreement and the responsible authorities will now take the necessary steps.feedback

Han Song Ryol

The Central Prosecutor's Office will ask for the handover of those criminals and prosecute them under the relevant laws of the country. Korean-style anti-terror war will be launched immediately and in a consecutive and intensive way against the US and South Korea, whom Pyongyang has accused of sponsoring the murder,'' the official added without elaborating.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula. If needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo. If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang.feedback

Kim Hak Song

I've committed to devoting my last drop of blood to this work.feedback

Aidan Foster-Carter

North Korea might be really annoying for China but they need them to stay there. China needs North Korea, irritating as it as.feedback

Aidan Foster-Carter

North Korea clearly feels able to come out and be as rude as it want to be. But that could be risky if China finally says, That's it.feedback

Jia Qingguo

The relationship between China and North Korea is a little intense because developing a nuclear weapon severely damages China's security interests.feedback

Michael Spavor

Mothers in North Korea are no different to mothers in China or Canada, they want to feed their babies the best possible food. I've seen people in a store in North Korea comparing a Chinese and a Korean product and picking the Korean one.feedback

Moon Jae-in

I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security. I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula – if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo. If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang. In face of the impeachment and arrest of an incumbent president, our people opened the path toward the future for the Republic of Korea. We are partners who must lead a new Republic of Korea. We must put the days of fierce competition behind and hold hands marching forward.feedback

Zhang Tuosheng

The security situation in Northeast Asia is increasingly intense. The visit of North Korean officials brings a new opportunity to cool the tensions and pave the way for possible bilateral or multilateral talks. China would not easily provide economic assistance to Pyongyang at the request of the North Korean delegation, and Beijing is likely to take this chance to ask North Korea to give up its nuclear development and missile launch plan.feedback

Hwang Jae-ho

The forum could be an initiative by Beijing to encourage North Korea to rejoin the world. It has traditionally advocated economic aid in exchange for Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear and missile programmes.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

The tension between Malaysia and North Korea may be over but the country (North Korea) is facing several issues involving the outside world.feedback

Robert Kelly

But less substantially than many people on the South Korean left and Moon himself would like. That doesn't mean we shouldn't talk to North Korea.feedback

Moon Jae-in

I will make a just, united country. I will be a president who also serves all the people who did not support me. Do you dial up the pressure until North Korea feels compelled to come to the table? Or do you dial down the pressure and turn on the mood music and light some candles until North Korea gets in the mood to talk?feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

First of all because North Korea really doesn't have a way of attacking the U.S. directly other than maybe special forces, teams, that's clearly an exaggeration. They may be able to cause some damage within the [Asian] region.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

As tensions with North Korea have risen and China continues to oppose South Korea's plans to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, security and foreign policy has become a much larger campaign issue.feedback

Isaac Stone Fish

Moon will almost certainly pursue a more conciliatory policy towards Pyongyang, which will make it more difficult for the United States to isolate North Korea with sanctions.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

When I look at this, what it seems like is one of the most volatile and confusing players is Trump. No one really knows what his intentions are. His biggest risk may be people in North Korea will start pricing in his bark is far much worse than his bite. Really, the biggest unknown in this situation may well be Trump, not Kim Jong Un.feedback

Liam McCarthy-Cotter

The corruption and scandal that brought an end to Park Geun-hye's presidency has left a vacuum in South Korea at a most inopportune time. There is a need for South Korea to re-establish its strength both domestically and in the face of increasingly hostile posturing from North Korea.feedback

Paul Christopher

Geopolitical risk is one of those black swans where you can't predict the timing. You just watch. In the case of North Korea, what we're watching more carefully is whether there is another nuclear test. That seems to be the red line President Trump has drawn and it's not clear what arrangements he's made with the Chinese...I really think they would have worked something out, in the event there's another nuclear test.feedback

John Delury

It's hard not to relate it to what's going on in U.S.-North relations right now and we are at a peak. If there is some political motivation, it's that the detentions could be a pretext for President [Donald] Trump to send a high-level envoy to Pyongyang to get them out.feedback

John Delury

PUST was sort of a breakthrough. They are people who probably really believe in a cause … this very basic level type of North Korea engagement with a society that is extremely isolated.feedback

Kim Chul-ung

I can taste real fruit in the drinks that are made in North Korea, compared to drinks from other countries.feedback

Anthony Rinna

There is little doubt that Russia is making sincere attempts at building a partnership with North Korea. The idea that Russia is once again superseding China as North Korea's major international patron bodes well when viewed through the prism of North Korea's Cold War-era tactics of playing China and the USSR off of each other. Russia's main purpose in its ties with the DPRK are driven more by a Russian desire to develop and securitize its Far Eastern regions. Russia values its geographic access to North Korea as a way to reach broader global markets.feedback

Josh Rogin

With Beijing’s role in North Korea negotiations top of mind, some U.S. officials fear a key small arms package could fall by the wayside.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are always more assured of winning when we are fighting together. We can put the refugee deal behind you and move on. Today and together we condemn and resist the reckless provocations of North Korea. We fight together in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat and destroy the terrorists who threaten our way of life. Today Australians and Americans stand shoulder to should defending our freedoms.feedback

John Delury

There's the wild card factor. It takes us back to one of Trump's first statements about North Korea where he said why don't we talk to the guy. He shares a premise there with South Korean liberals. Are these two guys really so out of joint?feedback

Geng Shuang

China's position on developing friendly, good-neighbourly relations with North Korea is also consistent and clear.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'll tell him about North Korea, and he'll tell me about lemons.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. From the time I took office, he has not, they have not been currency manipulators. Because there's a certain respect because he knew I would do something or whatever. But more importantly than him not being a currency manipulator the bigger picture, bigger than even currency manipulation, if he's helping us with North Korea, with nuclear and all of the things that go along with it, who would call, what am I going to do, say, By the way, would you help us with North Korea? And also, you're a currency manipulator.' It doesn't work that way.feedback

Phillip Streible - R.J. O'Brien & Associates

If we see a big miss in the jobs report, followed by a more hostile situation in North Korea and further unwinding of the EU, then gold could see a complete turnaround and threaten $1,300. If things subside and stabilize, economic data remains firm, then $1,200 is the likely target. Either way, gold is walking on a tight rope.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We are preparing additional sanctions if it turns out North Korea's actions warrant additional sanctions.feedback

Patrick O'Flynn

It really is time to axe the television tax. If the licence did not exist and someone were to propose today in our digital age implementing a £147 a year poll tax on families to entitle them to watch television I think the idea would surely be laughed out of court and felt to have more in common with the politics of North Korea than a modern liberal democracy.feedback

Satoshi Okagawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Banking

Concerns about geopolitical risks such as North Korea had weighed on the dollar against the yen recently ... But the focus is shifting to whether the (strength) of U.S. economic fundamentals is for real, . There is more data coming up including the jobs data, so those need to be watched closely.feedback

Robert Kelly

When I went to North Korea, you could see guys walk straight from Chinese duty-free in the Beijing Capital International Airport onto Air Koryo. Air Koryo lands in Pyongyang about two hours later. Where do you think that alcohol is going? It's not going to the farmers, it's going straight to Pyongyang.feedback

Carla Park Freeman

I think North Korea has developed a whole black-market economy that helps keep it going. Not necessarily feeding lots of people, but it keeps the government going, and it probably helps pay for the nuclear program.feedback

Jonathan Kaiman - Los Angeles Times

In North Korea, missiles and nuclear bombs are more than a means of national defense–they are, for broad segments of the public, objects of near-religious devotion.feedback

Shi Yinhong

There is no possibility for China to fix the situation. That's because China does not want a nuclear-armed enemy in North Korea.feedback

Samuel Ramani

As Russia has close economic links with other countries at odds with the West – like Iran, Venezuela and Syria – this symbolic dimension of the Russia-North Korea relationship has strategic significance.feedback

Andrei Lankov

All trade with North Korea has to be subsidised. I do not see the Russian government spending its dwindling currency reserves to support the regime they despise and see as incurably ungrateful, and also prone to risky adventurism.feedback

Matt Pottinger

They have made no secret in conversations they have had with former American officials, for example, and others that they want to use these weapons as an instrument of blackmail to achieve other goals, even including perhaps coercive reunification of the Korean Peninsula one day. To leave the peninsula and abandon our alliances. We really have no choice but to increase pressure on North Korea to diplomatically isolate them, to bring a greater economic pain to bear until they are willing to make concrete steps to start reducing that threat.feedback

Leonid Petrov

North Korea does not care about China's pressure or sanctions because there is Russia next door. Pyongyang has been playing off Beijing and Moscow for half a century, letting them compete for the right to aid and influence North Korea.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I am going to publicly request that this administration not end our efforts making women's rights and opportunities central to American foreign policy and national security. I am not convinced that it really made much of a difference, and I don't know what kind of potentially backroom deals were made with the Russians. There's a lot that we don't really yet fully know about what was part of that strike. And if all it was was a one-off effort, it's not going to have much of an effect. So China, come on. You either control them [North Korea] or we're going to have to defend against them.feedback

Stephen Colbert

To prove how unimportant it is, he took out a TV ad, he cut a cake on Air Force One and he held a rally in Pennsylvania. It turns out that being leader of the free world is harder than licensing your name to luxury meat. In his old life, he could spend his time golfing, insulting people on Twitter and hanging out with his family. Trump thinks Kim Jong-un is a smart cookie, to which all of North Korea replied: 'Cookie?'. It's true, he doesn't stand by anything except the dressing room door at the Miss USA pageant.feedback

John McCain

The only time he should meet with him is to get the details of how North Korea will abandon their nuclear weapons program.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

I cannot make any definite promise. Our greatest chance there of getting some dialogue with America and North Korea would be through the intercession of China. It was not a distancing, but it was rather a rift between me, maybe, and the State Department and Obama, who spoke openly against me. Things have changed. There's a new leadership.feedback

Sean Spicer

We've got to see their provocative behavior ratcheted down immediately. There is a lot of conditions that would have to happen with respect to its behavior and to show signs of good faith. Clearly conditions are not there right now. Those circumstances do not exist now. But we want to hold out the possibility that if North Korea were ever serious about completely dismantling its nuclear capability and taking away the threat they pose both to the region and to us that there is always going to be a possibility of that occurring. That possibility is not there at this time.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I believe that [Chinese] President Xi is working to try and resolve a very big problem, for China also. And that's North Korea. I think that, frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps' trade.feedback

Donald J. Trump

...I did say I would call China, if they were, a currency manipulator, early in my tenure. And then I get there. Number one, as soon as I got elected, they stopped. They're not - it's not going down anymore, their currency. They were doing it before. I mean, there was no question. I mean, they were absolute currency manipulators before. I think that, frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

They might fill some of the gap, but I'd be shocked if Russia wanted the burden of becoming a lifeline to North Korea.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Today Australia and the United States continue to work with our allies to address new security threats around the world. Together, we're taking a strong message to North Korea that we will not tolerate reckless, dangerous threats to the peace and stability of our region and we are united in our efforts to defeat the terrorists in the Middle East and Afghanistan.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know. I mean, we'll see. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. But we have a situation that we just cannot let – we cannot let what's been going on for a long period of years continue. The concept of Russia with respect to us is total phoney story. When General Flynn came to us, as you now know, he already had the highest clearance you can have. I think the same clearance as the President of the United States would have. He had this really high clearance.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Trump's remarks reflect his persistent desire for allies to pay more for their defense. As far as their impact on South Korea's election, they will likely boost support for Moon, and if he wins, it will make it harder for the U.S. to sustain a hard-line policy against North Korea. So Trump's remarks don't seem very strategic to me.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is nothing right now facing this country and facing the region that is a bigger threat than what is happening in North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. Is he sane? I have no idea. Eventually, he will have a better delivery system. And if that happens, we can't allow it to happen. Frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade, If I can use trade as a method to get China, because I happen to think that China does have reasonably good powers over North Korea … that's worth making not as good a trade deal for the United States.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion-dollar system. It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky. North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!feedback

Shinzo Abe

Despite strong warnings by the international community, North Korea went through [with] its ballistic missile launch. It is a grave threat to our country and it is not acceptable. We'd like to maintain a close coordination with the United States, our ally, to maintain a high state of alert. We'd like to be water-tight to ensure safety for our citizens. We welcome the talks between President Trump and China. As Prime Minister I am focusing on China's response. China, I hope, will play a constructive role; it is my high expectation that China will perform its role properly.feedback

Leon E. Panetta

I think the world has drawn some degree of comfort by virtue of the national security team, but there are still mixed messages going out as to whether there is any underlying strategy to the steps he's taking on Syria and North Korea.feedback

Shinzo Abe

There is a major crisis looming over the peace and prosperity of the world. Our country will be resolute in our response. The international community must display solidarity. For the denuclearisation of North Korea, I hope China will play a constructive role in the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. It is my high expectation that China will perform its role properly.feedback

Robert Kelly

There was a lot of sympathy then to hit North Korea. The president of the South Korea was like, Okay, this is it.' The USFK [United States Forces Korea] commander had to talk him down.feedback

Yan Xuetong

He wants China to carry out his policy on North Korea, but that will fail. He will blame China for not implementing it – and then very possibly, he will use China as a scapegoat.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know. I mean, we'll see. You'll soon find out, won't you? North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!feedback

Wang Yi

China is not a focal point of the problem on the peninsula and the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie on the Chinese side. China has, over the years, made unremitting efforts and played a unique role in promoting a negotiated solution. We must stay committed to the path of dialogue and negotiations. The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters. Extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary responses.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

It is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland. Indeed, the DPRK (North Korea) has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. Given that rhetoric, the United States cannot idly stand by, nor can other members of this Council who are within striking distance of North Korean missiles.feedback

Wang Yi

Due to the recent efforts by the DPRK (North Korea) to accelerate missile and nuclear development, China agrees to the international community to step up efforts of non-proliferation. A peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and negotiations represents the only right choice that is practical and viable.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

North Korea must take concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose to the United States and its allies before we can even consider talks. We will not reward their bad behavior with talks.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures. All options are on the table. North Korea must understand that the only path to a secure, economically-prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Donald J. Trump

China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't. If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We ran up the East Coast. You came through for me and I am going to come through for you. There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary. In light of the growing threat, the time has come for all of us to put new pressure on North Korea to abandon its dangerous path. I urge this Council to act before North Korea does.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

China could potentially be convinced to cap volumes like they did with coal, at the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) as part of a new sanctions resolution following another nuclear test. They might fill some of the gap, but I'd be shocked if Russia wanted the burden of becoming a lifeline to North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well, there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. So I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. Nobody is going to do that. Why are we paying a billion dollars? It's a billion dollar system. It's phenomenal. It's the most incredible equipment you have ever seen.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion-dollar system. It is unacceptable, it is a horrible deal made by Hillary. It's a horrible deal, and we are going to renegotiate that deal or terminate it. Very soon. I'm announcing it now. There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea ... We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult. I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational. My problem is that I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi. I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation. So I wouldn't want to be causing difficulty right now for him.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult. I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death. He doesn't want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well. With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China. I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can't.feedback

Gleb Ivashentsov

Our goal: we are trying to persuade our partners in the USA, Japan and India that if we talk, we should really talk instead of yelling at Pyongyang from loudspeakers at the border, and keeping aircraft carriers next to their shores. Because there could be a computer system failure. Where will it happen? In North Korea or the USA or Japan, at this moment it is very hard to give any guarantees.feedback

Norio Maruyama

The situation concerning North Korea is very worrying. Worrying for us, worrying for Russia, for the international community. The two leaders discussed this point very frankly. And so Prime Minister Abe asked President Putin to play a constructive role to try to apply still more pressure which is necessary for North Korea.feedback

Fumio Kishida

There is no doubt that dialogue is necessary ... however under the current situation where North Korea continues to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, meaningful dialogue is clearly not possible.feedback

David Benham

US Pacific Command detected what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 10:33am Hawaii time ... The ballistic missile launch occurred near the Pukchang airfield. The missile did not leave North Korean territory.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang. They confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test. We do not seek regime change in North Korea. ... What we are seeking is the same thing China has said they seek – a full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. But North Korea has to decide they're ready to talk to us about the about the right agenda, and the right agenda is not simply stopping where they are for a few more months or a few more years and then resuming things. That's been the agenda for the last 20 years.feedback

John Delury

There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to 'preempt' its capabilities – nuclear and otherwise – with a 'surgical' strike. Any use of force to degrade its weapons program would start a war, the costs of which would be staggering.feedback

Robert Manning

Implicit in the statement is the assumption (correct, I think) that China is willing to tighten the screws more than the halfway steps they have done in the past, and that as a result, new pain will be inflicted on Pyongyang.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

The time for waiting on North Korea to get its act together is over. Congress has led the effort to institute tough and far-reaching sanctions against Pyongyang.feedback

Antonio Razzi

Does he follow Italian football? Of course, he knows all about Serie A and NBA basketball. If Juventus were playing in Pyongyang Stadium, which is huge, it would fill up. What will I say to Han on Sunday? I'll give him compliments, he is considered a talent at the level of those in Europe.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea -- absolutely. We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult. He's 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age. I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational. I think he's doing an amazing job as a leader and I wouldn't want to do anything that comes in the way of that.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Their threats can appear sometimes to be theatrical and over the top and they have been the subject of satire but I can assure you that my government takes ... the threat of North Korea very seriously.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. I believe he [the Chinese president] is trying very hard. He certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death. He doesn't want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well. I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We do not seek a regime change in North Korea. We are not seeking the collapse of the regime.feedback

Doron Barness - Oppenheimer Holdings

We've had some soft economic data, but people are ignoring that. You have North Korea stuff going on. People are ignoring that. Those are the kind of things that could bring the market down if more economic data comes out that's weaker and there's something geopolitical. But absent that, I don't see how the market doesn't go higher. People are not going to sell this market.feedback

Harry Harris

We should encourage China and be appreciative of what they are doing with regards to North Korea and we should also be willing to criticize them for their aggressiveness and coerciveness in the South China Sea. The weapons that North Korea would put against the Carl Vinson strike group are easily defended by the capabilities resident in that strike group. If it flies it will die, if it's flying against the Carl Vinson strike group.feedback

Sean Spicer

Aggressive rhetoric since the New Year strongly suggests North Korea will not only continue to test these proscribed systems, but is also likely to attempt a first launch of a similarly prohibited intercontinental ballistic missile.feedback

Michael Farr

To forget risk is increasing as prices rise is perilous. This is a bull market, and this is what bull markets do. They embrace good news. They dismiss bad news. They don't care about 59 missiles in Syria. They don't care about U.S. troops off the coast of North Korea. They infer positive news from France. They like the news of big tax cuts, and they just go higher.feedback

Kang Mi-jin

When there's concern about supplies of fuel or other products, North Korea naturally opens the door to smuggling.feedback

Harry Harris

I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States ... once they have the capability. We should encourage China and be appreciative of what they are doing with regards to North Korea and we should also be willing to criticize them for their aggressiveness and coerciveness in the South China Sea.feedback

Harry Harris

I would say what we're faced with is that on one hand and a lot more Koreans and Japanese and Americans dying if North Korea achieves its nuclear aims and does what [Kim Jong-un] has said it's going to do.feedback

Harry Harris

The best thing that we can do, as Pacom, the best thing I can do, is ensure we have credible combat power all the time to face whatever threat comes out of North Korea.feedback

Harry Harris

Just as Thomas Edison is believed to have failed 1,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb, so, too, Kim Jong-un will keep trying. One of these days soon, he will succeed. I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea or Japan or the United States or our territories or our states or parts of the United States once they have the capability. I won't say that they will but I don't share your confidence that they won't.feedback

Ashley Tellis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The challenges emanating from North Korea are obviously real, dangerous and in the near term. The challenges emanating from China are long term, enduring and aimed fundamentally at decoupling the United States from its Asian partners.feedback

Kelly E. Magsamen

A conflict on the peninsula would be unlike anything we have seen in decades. North Korea is not a Syria, it's not an Iraq. The consequences could be extremely high.feedback

John Bolton

Look to North Korea's behavior on nuclear weapons, not its agreements.feedback

David Davenport

I think what Trump has decided is that, yes I'm concerned about China and its economic impact but I'm going to put those on the back burner. At the moment, it's China's ability to help us isolate North Korea that is more important.feedback

Kim Hong-kyun

We agreed to warn North Korea to stop any additional strategic provocation and take intolerably strong punitive measures against Pyongyang if it goes ahead with such provocations.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The world will witness how Washington's rash nuclear aircraft carriers are turned into a huge pile of steel and buried at sea and how a country called America is wiped out from the Earth. North Korea is a big world problem, and it is a problem we have to finally solve. People put blindfolds on for decades, and now it is time to solve the problem.feedback

Satoshi Okagawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Banking

For the dollar to make a try for 112 yen, you'd like to see some type of positive news out of the United States and an easing in North Korea related tensions.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem that we have to finally solve. On Syria, the Council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. A great disappointment; I was very disappointed by that. If we do a great job, I care much less about the budget, because you're talking about peanuts compared to the important work you're doing.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We completely agreed to strongly demand that North Korea, who's been repeatedly dangerous and provocative, show restraint. We'll maintain close contact with U.S. and high level of monitoring and surveillance as we respond firmly on North Korea.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We agreed to strongly demand that North Korea, which is repeating its provocation, show restraint. We will maintain in close contact with the United States, keep a high level of vigilance and respond firmly.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The equity market is breathing a sigh of relief for the moment. The worst case scenario of Le Pen heading in to the final round of voting with (far-leftist Jean-Luc) Melenchon has been avoided. That said, other geopolitical concerns are likely to limit a further rise by equities, such as tensions over North Korea which marks the 85th anniversary of its army's foundation this week.feedback

Norihiro Fujito - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

When the morning passed with nothing from North Korea, the sense of relief grew, and so the market extended its early gains. Stocks were already higher after U.S. shares rallied on relief after the French election.feedback

Richard Marles

I don't think that conflict on the Korean peninsula is particularly likely. I think there is a lot of avenues, and a lot of water that goes under the bridge in the immediate term. I do think that China are taking some positive steps in a way which is different to what has happened in the immediate past in relation to putting pressure on North Korea, and that is a good thing. We do need to see China acting, and that is important. I do think that a harder edge being presented by America in respect of North Korea is not a bad thing.feedback

Hank Paulson

It is highly unusual and positive for a Chinese president to give a phone call to (the U.S.) president so soon after a summit on North Korea.feedback

Lu Kang

As for what kind of policy China is taking, I think you should listen to the authoritative remarks or statements of the Chinese government. For the remarks made by certain people or circulated online, it is up to you if you want to take them as references.feedback

Mike Pence

The United States intends to honour the agreement. [What] the regime in North Korea should make no mistake about, is that the United States has the resources, the personnel and the presence in this region of the world to see to our interests and to see to the security of those interests and our allies. We do believe China can do more. We continue to be hopeful and continue to have great confidence that we can finally after a generation achieve a peaceable solution.feedback

Mike Pence

President Trump has made it clear that we'll honor the agreement – that doesn't mean we admire the agreement. Our expectation is that they will be in the Sea of Japan in position in a matter of days, before the end of this month. [What] the regime in North Korea should make no mistake about, is that the United States has the resources, the personnel and the presence in this region of the world to see to our interests and to see to the security of those interests and our allies.feedback

Thomas O. Karako

The problem is that North Korea is unwilling to give up the very missiles and weapons about which we are most concerned.feedback

Ted Nugent - National Rifle Association

I was surprised because I know with North Korea, and Russia, and with the border, and with the draining of the swamp, how overwhelming those demands must be, but he didn't show any of that. And I fancy myself quite an energized individual at 68.6 years clean and sober, but I'm afraid I met my match - Donald Trump at 70, I'm telling you, he was a ball of fire.feedback

Mike Pence

While all options are on the table, let me assure you the US will continue to work closely with Australian and our other allies in the region, and with China, to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program. But if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will. The era of strategic patience is over.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

The eyes of the world are on Beijing. We seek leadership from China to join the leadership shown by the United States and Japan and Australia. We call on China to make that stronger commitment to ensure North Korea stops this reckless and dangerous conduct.feedback

Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. - AllSource Analysis

This could do a lot of damage. If they hit a high-rise building with a couple of rounds of artillery, people get into their cars, causing huge traffic jams, so North Korea could target highways and bridges in cascades.feedback

Shashank Bengali

The generals who once ruled this country–formerly known as Burma–were so paranoid about security that they built a new capital in secret, announcing its existence just as it was being completed a decade ago. Atop a lush plain of rice paddies and sugar cane fields, the city seems almost to have been dropped from outer space, with 20-lane highways, grandiose hotels, government complexes so monolithic that they invoke comparisons to North Korea–and very, very few people.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape. I respect [President Xi Jinping] very much, and I think he's working very hard... Some very unusual moves have been made over the past two or three hours and I really have confidence that the president will try very hard.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape. We're building our military rapidly. Because that is what it is, it is a menace right now. I really have confidence that the President (Xi Jinping) will try very hard. We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

Our alliance with the United States is vital. The commitment is so deep on both sides, it will survive many prime ministers and many presidents. We will be talking about a range of issues, but obviously the top of the agenda will be regional security. North Korea is going to be right at the top of the agenda.feedback

Lee Duk-haeng

It is a situation where a lot of (military) exercise equipment is amassed in North Korea and also a lot of strategic assets are situated on the Korean peninsula because of the South Korea-U.S. military drills. We are closely watching the situation and will not be letting our guards down.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Syrians frequently visit North Korea because of arms deals, but these are events that get little to no publicity.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

It's a gold mine for North Korea. This is the best thing that's ever happened to North Korea–as long as Syria doesn't fall, which could happen.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Korean analysts should take note of how chemical weapons were used in the Syrian civil war because this is likely going to be a test-bed for future North Korean actions in a conflict with the South.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

An unchecked Iran has the potential to follow the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it. The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach.feedback

Lu Kang

China has been performing its international obligations strictly, including those stipulated in the Security Council resolutions. But meanwhile, we carry on normal economic exchanges and trade with all parties including North Korea.feedback

Paul Rousselier

The presidential costume is a bit big for him. There's North Korea, Turkey, the thwarted (terror) attack – all things that could tip the vote.feedback

Cheuk Wan

Given the binary risk of the French presidential elections and geopolitical concerns over North Korea, investors are staying on the sidelines. We are looking at the opportunities in Asia, particularly. ..equities in China and India where corporate earnings are expected to be strong this year.feedback

Koh Yu-Hwan

If the United States and China can set the tone, there will also be more opportunities for dialogue. It seems Trump could be more willing to cut a deal with North Korea than Obama was.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face in North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the U.S., the region and the world.feedback

Mark Mobius

Situations like we see in North Korea, what we're seeing in the Middle East will be with us for quite some time. But that doesn't mean countries don't continue to grow. If you look at the price charts, in dollar terms, for a place like Brazil or India [that] from one time to another has bad headlines, the reality is that stock prices continue to go up in dollar terms, so we've got to keep an eye on those prices.feedback

Sean King

Trump said [TPP] was a disaster, but I'm sure the other members would be willing to make concessions to get the U.S. back in, just like South Korea was willing to make concessions to Obama for his endorsement of the U.S.-Korea [free trade agreement]. He's certainly made greater reversals and claimed victory. Why not do this for our friends who want to stand with us against countries like China and North Korea? I'm all for it.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and to take the world along with it.feedback

Victor Cha

The comparison is, you look at South Korea, where they are almost numb to the threat because they've been living under it so long. I think where you see the most variations in threat perceptions is in Japan, because all the missiles [North Korea has] been firing lately have been fired into Japan's seas. Trump wants to at least signal more muscularity, less predictability, and at the same time decisiveness. They want to signal that they will not dilly-dally. So they're walking this fine line.feedback

Victor Cha

In 1993, when North Korea tested the first Nodong missile, which is the short-range ballistic missile, there was a sea change in Japan. The security bubble burst, and all of a sudden the Japanese realized they were under severe threat. Those Nodongs are operational now, and there's hundreds of them targeted on Japan.feedback

Victor Cha

Normally, we condemn it, we say it's a violation of existing resolutions, we call on them to stop, and then we call on the allies to coordinate policy. It's very typical. I could write those talking points for any president. That is not a normal United States reaction. Part of that is to put a lot of pressure on China, for China to cut off assistance to North Korea. That is why we've seen the escalation–because North Korea is continuing on its path and the U.S. is trying to do something that shows muscularity, unpredictability, and decisiveness. Whether that works? We don't know yet.feedback

Sean King

I want to know what help China is giving us on North Korea because as far as I see it, they're not doing anything. Japan "has any interest in pursuing that.feedback

Bruce Klinger

North Korea is going to overshadow his first two stops; he will be wanting to explain to both our allies the perimeters of the recently completed trump policy on North Korea. And also seek their views on how best to address the North Korea threat.feedback

Mike Pence

We Will Defeat Any Attack. Now all options are on the table, and there they will remain. But President Trump and I and our administration believes the most productive pathway forward is dialogue among the family of nations that can isolate and pressure North Korea into abandoning permanently and dismantling its nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile program. Those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know: We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.feedback

Mike Chinoy

Mike Chinoy is a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute and the author of two books on North Korea: “Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Crisis“ and “The Last POW.” He has visited North Korea 17 times.feedback

Lindsey Graham

So if a missile were launched from North Korea in the next year we could knock it down?feedback

Donald J. Trump

He then went into the history of China and Korea. Not North Korea, Korea. And you know, you're talking about thousands of years . . . and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China. And after listening for 10 minutes, I realised that it's not so easy.feedback

Dean Cheng

Trump is posing a hard choice to Beijing – do something, something about North Korea and hope it generates some effects, or face American economic retaliation. Whether that works or not, it's a very different strategy from the last three presidents.feedback

Mike Pence

North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific. The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready. Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know, we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A. Ya never know, do you? You never know. We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. We have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this: he (Kim Jong-un) is doing the wrong thing.feedback

Mike Pence

Storm clouds gather on the horizon. North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia-Pacific. As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over.feedback

Aaron Kohli - BMO Capital Markets

You've got North Korea. You've got data weakness. You've got a hawkish Fed. You pick your poison. There's so many things that could be hitting rates here at any minute. On top of all that you have a logjam in Congress that's not getting anything through. It probably needs some new bit of negative information to get through that opening gap. Hopefully we see a consolidation here. The other effect that's been prevalent in the market is some investors have been jumping in and betting against yields rallying further.feedback

Dubravko Lakos-Bujas

While stronger earnings growth … has typically coincided with a positive … drift for S&P 500, we continue to believe geopolitical risks (upcoming French election, Syria/Russia, North Korea/China) are likely to weigh on equities in the short term and could overshadow the constructive tone from this earnings season.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

China has enormous leverage to influence stability in North Korea, but most of it they feel they cannot use because of adverse consequences for China interests in North Korea.feedback

Robert Manning

The degree to which China is prepared to cooperate will determine how successful we are in imposing pressure on North Korea.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for Islamic State terrorists. And yet, these should be lesser concerns in the bigger scheme.feedback

William Zarit

Right now basically we are recommending everything you have in your quiver - please use every arrow possible, with the understanding that some of these points of leverage could be counterproductive to us. I'm sorry to see there is a possibility we may lose some momentum on helping to level the playing field with China in our economic relationship, due to the situation in North Korea, if there is some kind of trade-off.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I really hope that the kind of unilateral action we recently saw in Syria won't happen (in North Korea) and that the USA will follow the line which President Trump repeatedly set out during his pre-election campaign.feedback

James Schoff - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

This is a tentative first step, a way to start this discussion. But it's good that they're doing this as a way to manage the alliance at this important time, when we have the North Korea problem and China policy to deal with. And our businesses continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against American workers and American growth.feedback

Mike Pence

The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table, President [Donald] Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan. We are with you 100%.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I hope that there will be no more unilateral actions like the one we have recently seen in Syria while the United States will pursue the course which President [Donald] Trump has announced during his election campaign. If the US vice president meant that Washington could unilaterally use military force, then it is a risky road. I can't say that Obama's presidency was 'an era of strategic patience' because the United States took quite tough steps against North Korea in order to hamper the development of industries important for missile and nuclear programs.feedback

Sean King

Whoever thought that Trump would let China, a rival, off the hook on currency? If he can do that with a country that's clearly not a friend, maybe he could reconsider reversing himself on TPP for a friend like Japan. He's certainly made greater reversals and claimed victory. Why not do this for our friends who want to stand with us against countries like China and North Korea? I'm all for it.feedback

Chris Weston

It seems the focus is now firmly on future missile tests from North Korea and whether any future tests will actually be successful. From here, it would all be down to Mr Trump and his allies and what their reaction would be, but we can believe that markets will not take kindly to this. For now though the hope is on an increased prospects for talks, potentially incorporating China more into any negotiations.feedback

Mike Pence

North Korea would do well not to test (Trump's) resolve. The era of strategic patience is over.feedback

Tammam Sulaiman

But I can understand in the case of North Korea, I can understand why (it) is building its nuclear capabilities to face the American aggression, clear aggression.feedback

Stefan Worrall - Credit Suisse Group

Geopolitical risks in this region, particularly in Japan toward North Korea, had sent market sentiment to fairly extreme lows.feedback

Gideon Rachman

There are members of the president's inner circle who do indeed believe that the Trump administration is seriously contemplating a 'first strike' on North Korea. But if Kim Jong Un has drawn the same conclusion – he may reach for the nuclear trigger first.feedback

Michael Chertoff

When you look at what is emanating out of North Korea, I have sympathy for the argument that anything we can do to stop an unpredictable person from using nuclear weapons is worth trying.feedback

Mike Pence

Under President Trump, the United States will continue to work with Japan and with all our allies in the region, including South Korea, to confront the most ominous threat posed in this region of the world, the regime in North Korea. Let me be clear, our commitment is unwavering and our resolve could not be stronger. We are with you 100 percent.feedback

Mike Pence

Since 1992, the United States and our allies have stood together for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. But the era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable. We hope to achieve this objective through peaceable means. But all options are on the table.feedback

Shinzo Abe

Needless to say, diplomatic effort is important to maintain peace. But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless. We need to apply pressure on North Korea so they seriously respond to a dialogue'' with the international community, the prime minister said, adding that China and Russia need to play more constructive roles on the issue.feedback

Mike Pence

The people of North Korea, the military of North Korea should not mistake the resolve of the United States of America to stand with our allies. The era of strategic patience is over. All options are on the table as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of South Korea.feedback

Josh Rogin

Pence is talking tough on North Korea, but nobody knows if the next South Korean president will agree with the Trump team.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world has 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 armed forces of the United States in this region. We are with you 100 percent. Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future. The U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Korea. We will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.feedback

Mike Pence

Afghan mega bomb and Syrian strikes shows North Korea we mean business. All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country. There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over.feedback

Shinzo Abe

It goes without saying that it is a matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue. But at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless and it is necessary for us to exercise pressure North Korea so that it comes forward and engages in this serious dialogue.feedback

Shinzo Abe

Needless to say, it's important to maintain peace through diplomatic efforts. At the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue would be meaningless. We need to put pressure on North Korea so that it will seriously respond to calls for dialogue. We assume we would take a series of actions, including processes to admit landing, set up and manage accommodations, and screen (refugees) to decide whether we should protect them or not. The government is responsible for protecting and rescuing Japanese citizens if they face crises overseas.feedback

Yanmei Xie

China may marginally increase economic pressure on North Korea by cutting