Democrat walks back comment that Kim Jong-un 'more responsible' than Trump

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Secret back-channel communications between the USA and North Korea could be a "good sign" that could pave the way to a peaceful end to a crisis filled on both sides with fiery doomsday rhetoric, a former defense secretary told the Herald. The kind of dying one might expect when two unhinged narcissists who happen to lead nuclear-armed countries get into an "I'm-tougher-than-you" standoff. "That's the best thing", said Cena. "That's the good sign".

Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. -based Stimson Center, argued North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from the border. Trump has repeatedly stated that the White House has run out of patience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"The congressmen said such statements had dramatically increased tensions with North Korea and raised the specter of nuclear war".

MSNBC host Joy Ried chided President Donald Trump for threatening war against both North Korea and Venezuela saying it was hard to tell his sabre-rattling rhetoric from that of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un or HBO's "Game of Thrones" character Daenerys Targaryen.

"Well, we don't want to talk about progress, we don't want to talk about back channels", the president said. I don't think we are there yet.

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It appears President Trump is willing to take that risk. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy". Ahrens was not alone in his criticism, as many reactions on Twitter agreed.

Clapper said the United States and North Korea could "blunder" into global military conflict as they exchange escalating hostilities.

"This legislation, which maintains the President's ability to immediately retaliate against a nuclear strike, will provide an opportunity to reduce tensions and prevent a catastrophic nuclear confrontation", Cicilline said.

There had been no back-channel talks during the last seven months of President Obama's term when Pyongyang broke them off over a new round of USA sanctions.

The talks ramped up after President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the source familiar with the negotiations, with the USA side aiming to secure the release of Warmbier and the other Americans held in North Korea. But contacts restarted after Trump's inauguration, according to AP.

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