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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
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NEW Apr 26 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about North Korea. You'll find 549 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, Shinzo Abe and Mike Pence. Donald J. Trump specifically said: “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.”.
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Donald J. Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 down trade, tourist flows or food aide, but its primary goal is to placate Washington. Beijing has reasons and means to discipline Kim, but is more concerned with ensuring the survival of his regime, thus maintaining a buffer against U.S. military presence in the South.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. There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over. The United States is troubled by China's economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself. But as the president has made very clear, either China will deal with this problem or the United States and our allies will.feedback

Mike Pence

The message of the people of the United States of America is that we seek peace, but America has always sought peace through strength and my message here today standing with US forces Korea, standing with courageous soldiers from the Republic of Korea is a message of resolve. 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.feedback

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

It is unclear whether the situation over North Korea will escalate into military action, but uncertainty is increasing and the dollar continues to edge lower. The US dollar also looks shaky technically, after slipping below the 200-day moving average of 108.80 yen.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 are with you 100%. North Korea would do well not to test [President Trump's] resolve.feedback

Yang Xiyu

Mr. Trump said something interesting during his campaign – that if necessary he could meet with Kim Jong-un and have a sandwich with him. We can see that as a shortcut to solve the issue in a peaceful manner. There is only one person who has the authority to make a fundamental decision – yes or no – and that's Kim. China can facilitate a three-way dialogue among the top leaders of China, North Korea and the United States so we can at least try the shortcut.feedback

John McCain

This guy [leader Kim Jong Un] in North Korea is not rational. His father and his grandfather were much more rational than he is. We've got to develop a strategy. There is still not an overall strategy that he can come to Congress and his advisers and say, okay, this is how we are going to handle Syria. Here's how we are going to handle post-Mosul Iraq. We've got to have a strategy and I'll give them some more time but so far that strategy is not apparent.feedback

John McCain

I don't think so, but I wouldn't rule it out. But at the same time, they have made steady progress while we have made agreement after agreement after agreement. Chuck, how many times on this show have they said 'oh, we have now a comprehensive agreement with North Korea?'. And so I'm not blaming Trump for this. I'm blaming Republican and Democrat presidents over the last 20 years while they continue to make progress.feedback

K.T. McFarland

Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korea problem? We will see what happens!feedback

K.T. McFarland

Even in the last year, President Kim of North Korea has launched over 30 missiles. Most of them have failed. So it didn't come as a surprise to us. We were expecting something surrounding the birthday of his grandfather. It's like your kids in the back of the car on a long trip saying, When are we going to get there?' . Well, in this case, I think we should give the Chinese president some opportunities and some time, as well as pursuing the economic and diplomatic pressures that we have and that our allies have that we can bring to bear on North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea. Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!feedback

Hwang Kyo-Ahn

The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent. We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements or deeds to prevent irreversible damage to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.feedback

Cristina Varriale

What is very significant is that the North Koreans have paraded two canisters that could possible contain ICBM. We are not sure how far down that path they have got, but now we know they have got the shell capacity. It could be a mock-up, - they could just be at the design stage, or they could have gone further. Having a solid fuel missiles means you can launch it far quicker, and it is easier to hide. The US is goading them but they are playing with the wrong country. The North Koreans are not going to back down.feedback

Cristina Varriale

The development of an ICBM would be particularly concerning for South Korea and Japan, because once the US know they can be targeted at home that may change their calculus as to whether they are prepared to help defend those countries if they are attacked by North Korea.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

In any other year, North Korea having a coastal defense cruise missile and showing it to us for the first time would have made us say 'wo'.feedback

Mark Toner

The time for action is now and by that we need to look at ways to put increased pressure on North Korea in order for it to recognize the reality that it needs to pursue de-nuclearisation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We've got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a US pre-emptive strike. Whatever comes from the US, we will cope with it. We are fully prepared to handle it. We certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a US pre-emptive strike. We will go to war if they choose.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

North Korea made sure that the world saw that they are working on ICBMs and what we saw at the military parade was a prototype ICBM that will become the real deal after the necessary tests in the future. The prototype we saw [Saturday] is longer in the length from the ones NK has previously shown the world.feedback

Anna Fifield

We know so little about North Korea that every sliver of information adds to our collective understanding of the place. Reporting from here can often be a surreal experience.feedback

Kwon Soon-yong

We are in a situation where the South and North are confronting each other all the time ... I served in the military a long time ago, but I am always tense. But our ultimate hope is that all these issues are resolved and the peninsula becomes unified by all means.feedback

Hong Dong-wan

I believe we have to strongly respond to North Korea's provocation. I think South Koreans do not seriously think about these kinds of provocations. We are in a state of crisis, but I believe that we have to act resolutely so that North Korea doesn't provoke again.feedback

Han Song Ryol

Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words. It's not the DPRK but the US and Trump that makes trouble. I think that was nothing more than lip service during the campaign to make himself more popular. Now we are comparing Trump's policy toward the DPRK with the former administration's and we have concluded that it's becoming more vicious and more aggressive.feedback

Derek Chollet

Is it because of our leverage or because of what North Korea is doing?feedback

Barack Obama

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. We are going to work together to make sure we're closing loopholes.feedback

Barack Obama

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Far from achieving its stated national security and economic development.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We call all countries for restraint, we call all the countries to refrain from any actions that could amount to provocative steps.feedback

Anna Fifield

Expectations for a nuclear test or missile launch in the lead-up to Saturday's celebrations in Pyongyang have not come to pass. Instead, there are signs that the regime is getting ready to hold a huge parade this weekend, perhaps showing off new missiles–something that would qualify as the 'big' event it had heralded.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think he wants to help us with North Korea. We're going to see. We're going to see about that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been 'playing' the United States for years. China has done little to help!feedback

Leon E. Panetta

The words from the administration are creating even higher volume in terms of the provocations that are going on. I think we have got to be careful here. We should not engage in any precipitous action. There is a reason no U.S. president in recent history has pulled the trigger on North Korea.feedback

Hyon Ran

We don't want war but we are not afraid of war because we have strong power, our country is the strongest one in the world now. You can see all people are laughing, all people are singing, all people are celebrating the Sun's day. We are not afraid of anything.feedback

Jon Myon Sop

If the enemies want to wage war with our leaders, we have nothing to fear because we will win. I know about how tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula and how the U.S. and its puppet countries have brought their military assets to the region.feedback

Donald J. Trump

After listening for 10 minutes, I realized that it's not so easy. You know, I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power over North Korea. But it's not what you would think. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.feedback

Han Song Ryol

Trump says it's none other than North Korea which makes things complicated, but it's the other way around, it's not the Democratic Republic of North Korea, but the US which makes problems. A nuclear test is something that our supreme headquarters decides on.feedback

Yu Jeom-soon

North Korea makes threats, but they will not do it. No way.feedback

Paul Gewirtz

Those are likely to come from an ongoing assessment of China's interests and rising Chinese public opinion against North Korea.feedback

Paul Haenle

The evolution toward a more constructive relationship is certainly welcome. But I think the big question is whether or not it can this be sustained once the Chinese begin to underperform on trade or North Korea as times goes on. Will Trump be willing to confront his new friend Xi Jinping in order to defend U.S. interests?feedback

Han Song Ryol

We will go to war if they choose. Now we are comparing Trump's policy toward the DPRK with the former administration's and we have concluded that it's becoming more vicious and more aggressive. Whatever comes from U.S. politicians, if their words are designed to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them. That is something that our headquarters decides. At a time and at a place where the headquarters deems necessary, it will take place. If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers, then we will confront it with the DPRK's pre-emptive strike.feedback

William J. Perry

A strike would either be against the nuclear test sire of launch facility. We have to understand the regime in North Korea, while they are evil, they are not crazy. They are not seeking martyrdom. They are not suicidal. I don't think they are going to launch an unprovoked nuclear attack. It's bluster on their part.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Its my sense that Trump is giving China the time and opportunity to step up pressure on Pyongyang.feedback

Han Song Ryol

Now we are comparing Trump's policy toward [North Korea] with the former administration's and we have concluded that it's becoming more vicious and more aggressive. Whatever comes from US politicians, if their words are designed to overthrow the DPRK system and government, we will categorically reject them.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated. 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 realized that not–it's not so easy. You know I felt pretty strongly ... that they had a tremendous power over China.... But it's not what you would think.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I will create a government most feared by North Korea, most trusted by the United States and most reliable for China.feedback

Kathy Lien - BK Asset Management

The U.S. dollar took its cue from yields, weaving in and out of negative territory. President Trump has been flexing his muscles, which makes investors nervous. The situation in North Korea is still uncertain but after Syria and ISIS, North Korea could be Trump's next target.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know if this sends a message. It doesn't make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. 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. We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you. And we have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this. He is doing the wrong thing ... He's making a big mistake.feedback

Russ Koesterich

There is a little political risk creeping back into investors' awareness and that's probably appropriate because there are some things out there that can go wrong. We've been raising our allocation to U.S. duration and we've been raising our allocation to gold. Against the dry tinder of firming prices, we now have a potential match: a rare combination of fiscal stimulus and tax cuts. Welcome to the new world. I don't think anybody is going to predict what happens in North Korea. That's one of those known unknowns.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

On the margin, it's an easing of tension. ... The U.S. missile attack is not the beginning of a wholesale military involvement in Syria. North Korea, not clear.feedback

Robert James - Carrier

Trump took this stance because he realizes he needs China in order to be able to do anything with North Korea. That doesn't mean the trade deals can't be re-done.feedback

Leo Gerard

The President appears to be placating China to get them to help with the threat of North Korea in return for ignoring China's economic attacks on the United States. Time and time again, workers across this country have seen their economic interests traded away for foreign policy goals.feedback

Richard Latendresse

I would like to know also, you've been putting in the same sentence Syria, Iraq and North Korea as failed states, Russia's being not a failed state but part of this. Has it become, to use an old expression, the Axis of Evil of this administration? Very quick, last question. With the National Hockey League playoffs just started, will the President cheer for the Rangers or the Caps?feedback

Harry Kazianis

North Korea's military is not the most advanced in the world but if they really wanted to they could kill millions of people in a very short order. We need to keep these things in mind when we get into the escalatory spirals because events could really go out of control very quickly.feedback

Bruce Klingner

Regardless of what U.S. intentions are, there is uncertainty on the peninsula when you have three large militaries in close proximity to each other – and uncertainty can lead to miscalculation.feedback

Harry Kazianis

Every time North Korea sends off a missile we're going to go into panic mode. The danger in something like this is if there is some sort of miscalculation on either side.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I don't know if this sends a message. It doesn't make any difference if it does or not. North Korea is a problem. The problem will be taken care of. I will say this, I think China has really been working very hard. I've really gotten to like and respect, as you know, President Xi, terrific person, spent a lot of time together in Florida, he's a very special man, we'll see how it goes, I think he's going to try very hard.feedback

Shinzo Abe

The denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is our biggest goal and must be achieved at any cost. The security situation around our country is getting increasingly severe. We have just talked about Syria. There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to put sarin on warheads to strike the ground.feedback

James Chin

Najib wanted all the Malaysians back for domestic political reasons so he was willing to let North Korea get away with murder.feedback

Ed Rogers

Something akin to the “education of Donald Trump” may be taking place. And with it, a better organized and reality-based White House. To his detractors, the president is flip-flopping. But, as Politico noted earlier today, “Trump is embracing policy and people that are much more mainstream.” In recent weeks, the president has confirmed that NATO is a “great alliance, ” he has confronted Russia in Syria, he has engaged in detente with China and brought attention to the threat from North Korea, and he has continued working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Perhaps when President Trump told Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and others to “work this out, ” he was instructing them to figure out their roles and responsibilities and how they could work together to serve him best. And if they couldn’t figure out who was doing what, he would make it clear, at someone’s expense.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. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn't know Steve. I'm my own strategist and it wasn't like I was going to change strategies because I was facing crooked Hillary. Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.feedback

Chuck Schumer

The best way to get China to co-operate with North Korea is to be tough on them with trade, which is the No. 1 thing China's government cares about. When the president fails to label them a currency manipulator, he gives them a green light to steal our jobs and wealth time and time again.feedback

John Pomfret

East Germany is the parallel some Chinese use when asked why China won't squeeze Pyongyang: The Soviet Union collapsed when the Berlin Wall fell. If the no man's land separating North and South Korea were breached, could the same thing happen to Beijing?feedback

Chuck Schumer

The best way to get China to cooperate with North Korea, is to be tough on them with trade, which is the number one thing China's government cares about.feedback

Yun Byung

U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures. In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns.feedback

Emily Thornberry

UK foreign policy should be based on human rights and international law. That means putting some distance between us and an unpredictable White House. The world is a more uncertain place today than it has been for decades. We now face a period of renewed – and unexpected – confrontation between the United States and Russia, a civil war in Syria that seems only to be getting worse, and a renewed threat of nuclear sabre-rattling in North Korea.feedback

Hyon Mu

I am being very direct now. Please urinate and excrete before the event as there will be no water closets.feedback

Shinzo Abe

It's possible that North Korea has the ability to hit (Japan) with a ballistic missile carrying sarin in its warhead.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia. President Xi wants to do the right thing. We had a very good bonding. I think we had a very good chemistry together. I think he wants to help us with North Korea. We talked trade. We talked a lot of things. And I said, the way you're going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea; otherwise we're just going to go it alone. I like her, I respect her. It's very early. Actually, it's a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's hundreds of billions of dollars of year for many many years. And I told them. I said you know, we're not going to let that go ahead. Now, I did say – but you want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea. That's worth having deficits. And that's worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make. Ok, I'll make great deals. They're not currency manipulators. You cannot allow a country like that (North Korea) to have nuclear power, nuclear weapons. That's mass destruction. And he doesn't have the delivery systems yet, but he – you know he will.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If China is not going to solve (the nuclear threat from) North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete. I've spent a lot of time with him over the last two days. President Xi wants to do the right thing. We had a very good bonding, I think we had a very good chemistry together. I think he wants to help us with North Korea. We talked trade, we talked a lot of things. It would be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia. And that could happen, and it may not happen, and it may be just the opposite. I can only tell you what I would like to do. I would love to be able to get along with everybody.feedback

Yujiro Goto - Nomura Securities

Risk sentiment is not strong at the moment because of tensions in North Korea and also risk of a ... rising Melenchon.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're not currency manipulators. You know we're not going to let that [current trade deficit] go ahead . . . you want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea.' That's worth having deficits. And that's worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I don't want to speculate about North Korea military actions. We owe some confidentiality as we discuss with our allies this situation that we face up there.feedback

Marc Ginsberg

I think the signal is as much a follow up to his meeting with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] as it is to his warning to Pyongyang. The fact that we may see another nuclear test by the regime while the carrier group gathers around the Korean Peninsula, it almost reminds you – I hate to harken back to this – but it reminds you of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.feedback

Sean Spicer

Russia is in an island on this. This is not some big split as to how this actually happened. The only countries that aren't supporting the US's position are Syria, North Korea, Iran and Russia. This is not exactly a happy-time cocktail party of people that you want to be associated with. They are failed states with the exception of Russia.feedback

Michael Madden

The SPA gatherings completely undercut any analysis or prognostications that the country is going to collapse. If they failed to convene an SPA session, that would be an indication that there is a fundamental problem among DPRK elites. If there was an existential problem with the (ruling) Workers' Party of Korea and the political culture, then they wouldn't be convening so many people at one time in Pyongyang.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a very big problem in North Korea. And, as I said, I really think that China is going to try very hard, and has already started. A lot of the coal boats have already been turned back -- you saw that yesterday and today -- they've been turned back. The vast amount of coal that comes out of North Korea going to China, they've turned back the boats. That's a big step, and they have many other steps that I know about. So we'll see what happens. It may be effective, it may not be effective. If it's not effective, we will be effective, I can promise you that.feedback

Kathleen Brooks - GAIN Capital

Sterling/yen spiked on the labour market data but is now backing off highs...suggesting that the pound could be vulnerable if markets go into full-blown panic mode over Russia/ U.S. and North Korea fears.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem! 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. China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don't it won't be good for anyone. I don't know. I don't know him.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

Global tensions and a rush to safety ruled the New York session, and this has followed through to Asia. With a long weekend globally nearly upon us and further North Korea risk this Friday, the safety first theme is likely to continue.feedback

Paul Christopher

There's some questions now in the market if Trump's going to change his policy and work for the ouster of Assad and there's tensions with the Russians, not to mention North Korea.feedback

Larry McDonald - Amazon.com

The speed of the move in the cost of protection is one of the sharpest we've witnessed in years. The market thinks that North Korea will do something in response to Trump's meeting to provoke the White House. It's clearly military action risk.feedback

Chuck Schumer

I think he just has an obligation to come clean. When you clean up the swamp, it's not keeping things secret and applies to yourself. The Chinese have done nothing on North Korea, and I don't think they will unless they think America is tough. The tougher we are on trade, the more likely China is going to think we're tough on North Korea. I for one am really, really wary and worried about getting committed to another land war.feedback

Daniel Goure

If you are the North Korean leader, you say, Wow, I could be next. For them, I think the answer is straight forward – you can't trust the Americans. It's quite possible it could be a very intense, bloody war.feedback

Chris Weston

(T)here is new focus on Korea, where the Korean won and Kospi have found sellers easy to come by of late on concern that North Korea could be a future U.S. target.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

(Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.feedback

Hua Chunying

We are playing close attention to the development of the situation on the peninsula. Under the current situation, we think all relevant sides should exercise restraint and avoid actions that could aggravate tension.feedback

Jakob Christensen - Danske Bank

The concern is of escalated tensions regarding North Korea and a possible conflict there, and what the relations between the U.S. and China would be in such an event -- that's going to be negative for risk sentiment including risky assets like emerging markets.feedback

Alastair Newton

It would be unwise to rule out totally an early U.S. strike on North Korea, even discounting last week's on the Assad regime, but I think that is a low probability. This being said, the deployment of the carrier group does certainly raise tensions and it is at least equally the case that one could not rule out some sort of gesture (as opposed to boiler plate statement) of defiance from Pyongyang. However, Kim Jong-Un is not, in my view, irrational to the extent that he will do something which the U.S. really cannot ignore militarily.feedback

Masaru Hamasaki

Wall Street indexes posted only minor drops after the jobs report and it seems that the U.S. market downplayed the results, and that's helping sentiment in Japanese equities. There is growing uncertainty over what the U.S. would do with North Korea if the country stays consistent to its (Tillerson's) message.feedback

Richard Fontaine - Center for a New American Security

The (Trump) administration is reviewing its options for how to deal with North Korea but all of them seem to be trending towards the more coercive side of the ledger.feedback

Bruce Klingner

In North Korea's mind, the Syria attack will just show the necessity of nuclear weapons.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

By launching the strike on Syria, Trump has sent a clear message: that the US is certainly willing to use force, and that North Korea should think carefully before taking any action. The chance of Trump using force in North Korea has gone up.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I am aware of no such plan. President Xi expressed agreement that the regime has reached new levels of concern. China has expressed on multiple occasions that their policy is unchanged – for a denuclear Korean peninsula. We expect that they will. They have indicated that they will. And we need to give them time. The assessments are obviously somewhat difficult. Clearly he (Mr Kim) has made significant advancements in delivery programmes. We have been quite clear with the regime in Pyongyang. That's what we have asked for – to cease the testing.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I think the message that any nation can take is if you violate international norms, if you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken. And I think in terms of North Korea, we have been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korean peninsula. We have no objective to change the regime in North Korea, that is not our objective. And so the whole reasons underlying the development of a nuclear program in North Korea are simply not credible.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

And, indeed, the Chinese, even themselves, have said that they do not believe the conditions are right today to engage in discussions with the government in Pyongyang. And so what I think we're hopeful is that we can work together with the Chinese to change the conditions in the minds of–of the DPRK leadership. And then, at that point, perhaps discussions may be useful. But I think there's a shared view and no disagreement as to how dangerous the situation has become. And I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat to even – to– to China's interests as well.feedback

Shinzo Abe

I told President Trump that we highly praise the strong US commitment to the peace and security of its allies and the world. On North Korea….We completely agreed that unity between Japan, South Korea and the US is very important.feedback

Philippe Sacher

I don't know if you would say it was on my bucket list, but it was certainly something out of the ordinary.feedback

Choe Yong Su

I think many of them only know what they have seen in their media and have a mistaken image. But seeing is believing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It is a great honor to have the president of China and his incredibly talented wife, a great, great celebrity in China, a great singer. It's an honor to have you in the United States. So far, I have gotten nothing. Absolutely nothing. But we have developed a friendship. I can see that. I think, long-term, we are going to have a very, very great relationship, and I look very much forward to it. We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No presidents have taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea. We're going to see what happens.feedback

Lu Chao

I don't deny that the United States is capable of such an attack against North Korea, but you need to see that North Korea is capable of striking back. That would create chaos.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding. We look forward to being together many times in the future and I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away. We have been treated unfairly and have made terrible trade deals with China for many, many years. So that's one of the things we're going to be talking about. The other thing, of course, is going to be North Korea, and somehow they will mix. They really do mix. So we're going to be talking about trade, North Korea, and many other things.feedback

Mojtaba Saghi

This shows that because America is not capable of attacking countries like Iran and North Korea, it attacks a government like Syria which has been in a war for five years. America wants to crush Syria while it's weak and oppressed. I was really sad to hear such an attack had happened.feedback

James Stavridis

I don't think that [deploying nuclear weapons] is a good idea. I think that it will only inflame the view from Pyongyang. I don't see any upside to it because the idea that we would use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely. Decapitation is always a tempting strategy when you're faced with a highly unpredictable and highly dangerous leader. The question you have to ask yourself, is what happens the day after you decapitate? I think that in North Korea, it's an enormous unknown. Some combination of special forces with South Korea and cyber. It is absolutely appropriate.feedback

Andrei Lankov

Yes, North Korea is a liability for China. But in the real world, the status quo is the least unpleasant option.feedback

Jin Qiangyi

The North's nuclear capacity has reached such a level that any unilateral action from the U.S. would be extremely difficult. The Americans have been saying a lot recently about attacking North Korea, but it is us who will be suffering from the consequences.feedback

Yang Moo-Jin

There were instances in the past when South Korea used sports, along with humanitarian programs like the temporary meetings between war-separated relatives, to create a friendlier atmosphere for inter-Korean relations. But this is no longer happening.feedback

Luca Paolini - Pictet Asset Management

It's not just about Syria, it's also about North Korea, it's about the French elections, it's also about the fact that Trump's administration will probably not be able to deliver all the tax cuts they've promised. It's a number of factors and while markets are quite expensive we still feel that as long as payrolls are actually okay, U.S. growth is accelerating, we will continue to see the markets go higher.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

North Korea wanted to send a message that it was determined to advance its nuclear and missile programs regardless of the results of the United States-China summit meeting. But it was a low-intensity provocation designed not to provoke China too much.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

My initial thoughts are the new president (Trump) is sending a big message to the Chinese about their willingness to act on North Korea as well with this strike. Gold has broken the 200-day moving average intra-day and has tested its upper resistance at $1,264, the February 28th high. A daily close above these levels can open a technical move to $1,300 with support now at $1,250.feedback

David Dollar

I think it actually raises the importance of the North Korea issue. Remember Kim Jung Un recently used a nerve agent to assassinate his half brother, allegedly, in Malaysia, showing the U.S. it is willing to do military action unilaterally… I think it definitely raises the stakes for China in looking at what the states might do about North Korea. I don't think it's deliberately aimed at China but obviously the U.S. felt it didn't need to wait until after that summit. They didn't hesitate to do it in the middle of the summit so that's sending a certain kind of message to Xi Jinping.feedback

Victor Cha

It's very hard to strike [these components] because you don't know where they are. It's certainly true that dictatorships like North Korea–their primary goal is to survive. So could you carry out a strike against their nuclear facilities with a threat that if they retaliate we will wipe out the regime? Will a rational dictator then sort of sit still? Possibly. But that's a big risk to take.feedback

Victor Cha

The undiplomatic answer is that it puts enough pressure on the regime that there will be some sort of internal problems, and that Kim Jong Un might be challenged by others who see a better path for North Korea. I prefer to not think of [a nuclear-armed North Korea] as a geopolitical reality. The geopolitical reality is that this regime can't last forever.feedback

Harry Kazianis

For both sides, they are going to want a successful summit and that is what we're going to see. One of the reasons why this summit is so important and it needs to go on very well is that both sides have so many pressure points between them whether it's about the South China Sea, Taiwan, East China Sea, North Korea and now trade. This is a relationship that both sides want to get right and it's important to really see what compromises and strategies both sides are going to employ.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

Israel fully supports President Trump's decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime's horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.feedback

Daniel Lenz - DZ Bank

Safe-haven flows are always affected by political events, and when it affects countries where the U.S. and Russia are interested, then investors become even more nervous because of relations (between those two). Especially now you also have talks between the U.S. and China on North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's going to be very interesting. Nobody really knows. We have not been treated fairly on trade for many, many years. No presidents have taken care of that the way they should have. And we have a big problem with North Korea. We're going to see what happens. I think China will be stepping up. Certainly I would be.feedback

Jimmy Fallon

I saw that today North Korea conducted a missile test, which escalated tensions in the region. But don't worry. Things settled down when Kendall Jenner stepped in and handed them a Pepsi.feedback

Larry Fink - BlackRock

I think obviously North Korea will be a major component of the conversations, but let's be clear: China's relationship with North Korea at this moment is the worst it's ever been.feedback

David Dollar

In the Obama administration, China was a good citizen cooperating with us on Iran sanctions and on climate change, which I think made it hard for the U.S. to contemplate anything that harsh in the trade arena. You could have something similar if the Trump administration wants China to cooperate more on North Korea. That could be hard to turn around and be harsh on them in the economic realm.feedback

Masashi Murata - Brown Brothers Harriman

I think the market has no strong expectations from the U.S.-China summit. I think the dollar will move flatly today, ahead of the U.S. jobs data, with the situations with North Korea and Syria contributing to risk-off sentiment.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

Then, next month when a new (South Korean) government gets under way, North Korea is expected to try to turn the situation around into a phase of appeasement and, use its moratorium of nuclear and ballistic missile tests to find middle ground with South Korea and the United States.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

It is this unpredictability that makes markets nervous, particularly since, by his own admission the US President expects the meeting to be difficult, even more so given another missile test this week by North Korea.feedback

Meredith Sumpter

There is no love lost between Beijing and Pyongyang. Xi is in a tough space. He also has more experience with North Korea. Geographically speaking, his country is more at risk. By nature, Xi is going to be more cautious.feedback

John Park

The Chinese claimed they had technical problems, but it was pretty immediately felt in North Korea. They are hugely dependent on China for oil and energy. If we do see reports about that then we're seeing the Chinese play hardball. They're the ones managing the process.feedback

Meredith Sumpter

Why this is such an issue now is there seems to be a sense among administration officials that they don't have a whole lot of time to find a solution to the North Korea nuclear problem. It's not just a regional problem, but a global security threat. No administration has ever taken any option off the table. The fact this language is coming so early in this administration , and it's coming from Trump is causing more people to sit up and take notice.feedback

Robert Litwak

The conundrum is that North Korea never acts except under pressure, but pressure never works.feedback

Jack Keane

A pre-emptive strike against launch facilities, underground nuclear sites, artillery and rocket response forces and regime leadership targets may be the only option left on the table. We are rapidly and dangerously moving towards a military option. Trump's military advisers understand the enormous tactical and strategic risks of military action against North Korea, and will act accordingly.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. The policy of strategic patience has ended.feedback

Bong Youngshik

It is what it is. There's really no need for Tillerson to react every time when North Korea does something. The United States has moved on and is now trying to resolve problem through a larger scale, such as the summit with China shows.feedback

Walter Lohman

With North Korea, we've just gotten to the point where we solicit Chinese help; we've got to demand it. Matt's head is in the right place on most of these issues.feedback

Kim Sung-han

It seems Tillerson purposefully issued a short statement to send a tough signal. He is making it clear that, no matter what North Korea does, the United States won't commit to direct negotiations unless Pyongyang shows real willingness for disarmament.feedback

Leah Rigby

The biggest impact we see as teachers is that the male students that [are] preparing for college, they have to do military service. And so they're really frustrated that the effect of North Korea is that they don't get to pursue their education right away.feedback

Steven Rigby

Correctly or incorrectly, I think more about gun violence in the U.S. than I think about a nuclear threat here. I don't think about North Korea except when I read the headlines.feedback

Wang Fusheng

Right now tensions are so high between China and North Korea that even this economic zone is a sensitive topic.feedback

Nikki Haley

The original call that I received to go to Trump Tower was to discuss secretary of state. No, he did not offer it. I see Secretary Tillerson as a great partner. I think the United States has seen China, for 25-plus years, say that they're concerned about North Korea. But we haven't seen them act like they're concerned about North Korea. So I think this administration wants to see them act, and I think they're going to pressure them. At the end of the day, the only one that North Korea is really going to respond to is China. I've been honest. That's all I've done, is tell the truth.feedback

Andrew Hansen

In terms of the constant day-to-day threat ... it is certainly more dangerous in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in terms of the dominance of the threat – the capability of North Korea – certainly this is a much more dangerous place.feedback

Kim Jong-un

Because when the people in those Eastern European countries knew that the Western Europe were much better than Eastern Europe – the democratic society was much better than communist society and one-party system – all of a sudden people stood up against the system. These things could also happen in North Korea. Every day I am living in order to accelerate the speed of my return home. I think defectors like me, we should all unite together to bring down Kim Jong Un's regime.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is what I am telling you. Totally. Trade. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East. ... And why are they talking? There is no reason to talk.feedback

Han Min-Koo

Under the grim security circumstances, a robust response, posture and watertight coordination against North Korea are more important than ever.feedback

Theresa May

I think what is crucial - and where we have been working, and will continue to work through the United Nations Security Council, through resolutions which we have supported there, and with the United States - is to encourage China to look at this issue of North Korea and to play a more significant role in terms of North Korea. I think that's where our attention should focus.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Yes, we will talk about North Korea ... and China has great influence over North Korea.feedback

Jovo Bakic

If there's no second round, that means we live in a society that is politically immature. Where else do you not get a second round? In North Korea.feedback

Clyde Glenn - Navy

If North Korea shoots a missile and it hits the United States and knocks out our power grid, then you'll be saying: 'How come nothing works no more?' . It used to be that when somebody won a sports game, a politic game, whatever, the loser must be gracious and let it go. ... He won. So let's accept that and let it go and see what he can do. We just don't have the resources.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. I think that it [the centre] is really holding. I think they have done a better job since Brexit. I don't have to say any more. Totally.feedback

Dennis Wilder

What President Trump is trying to do here is to press the Chinese hard by warning them what comes next if they don't help or join with the US to deal with this problem. What he is signalling is that the next step is to begin secondary sanctions, which we have avoided. They are sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals who deal with North Korea. Then you get to the other options, which are much more controversial, like taking covert action against North Korea, for example using cyber.feedback

Donald J. Trump

And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don't it won't be good for anyone. I'm not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East. We can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.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. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don't it won't be good for anyone. When you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions. And our country hasn't had a clue, they haven't had a clue. The past administration hasn't had and many administrations – I don't want to say only Obama; this has gone on for many years – they haven't had a clue. But I do.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Has got to be stopped. Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future, and that's got to be stopped.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Today's sanctions are aimed at disrupting the networks and methods that the Government of North Korea employs to fund its unlawful nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs. I urge our partners and allies to take similar measures to cut off its funding.feedback

Ken Livingstone

The obvious thing would be a judicial review because that would be heard in public and that would be the best way of clearing the air of these lies and smears. This isn't North Korea, we are supposed to be an open democracy. You had, right up until the start of the Second World War, real collaboration.feedback

Walter Lohman

I think Trump is looking for is real commitment and follow-through on North Korea. It can't be an ask, it must be a demand.feedback

Najib Razak

Following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea (DPRK), the coroner has approved the release of the body.feedback

Oh Ei Sun

Faced with a similar situation, even major world powers like the U.S. and Japan will be hapless vis-a-vis North Korea. Malaysia is only trying to make the best out of the situation by securing the earliest release of the Malaysians.feedback

Najib Razak

This is a discussion with a government and this is very sensitive...What is important for us is the result. What we want to achieve is the safety of the Malaysians in Pyongyang and also maintain the image of Malaysia as a sovereign country which upholds the principle of rule of law.feedback

John McCain

China is the one, the only one, that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that's running North Korea. What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?feedback

Najib Razak

[F]ollowing the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea, the coroner has approved the release of the body. The diplomatic crisis has ended. I had a deep personal concern about this matter, and we worked intensively behind the scenes to achieve this successful outcome. Many challenges were overcome to ensure the return of our fellow Malaysians. The safety and security of our citizens will always be my first priority.feedback

Najib Razak

... Following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea, the coroner has approved the release of the body. They took off from Pyongyang today at 7.45pm Malaysian time, and will land in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow around 5am. I had a deep personal concern about this matter, and we worked intensively behind the scenes to achieve this successful outcome. Many challenges were overcome to ensure the return of our fellow Malaysians. The safety and security of our citizens will always be my first priority.feedback

Rah Jong-yil

The timing of this is no coincidence. Kim Jong-un clearly wants to overshadow the China-US summit and to underline the fact that he has nuclear weapons. For the North, nuclear weapons provide leverage over the rest of the world and Mr Kim is demonstrating that he cannot be ignored. As usual, the US and the West will issue condemnations and warnings, but there is a feeling that China is still not throwing its full weight behind sanctions and other pressures on the regime in Pyongyang.feedback

Derek Scissors

If it isn't primarily about North Korea, it's a mistake. The administration is not really prepared to engage China on a broad number of issues.feedback