Here’s What Trump Said About North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons 18 Years Ago

politics
August 09, 2017

Tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea after President Donald Trump taking office in January of this year. Since then, North Korea has made multiple threats against the U.S., recently stating that the U.S. is pushing North Korea “to the brink of nuclear war.”

President Trump reacted to North Korea’s recent threats on Tuesday, August 8th. Trump stated, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.”

He continued, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement, and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Thank you.”

After his warning to North Korea, video footage surfaced of Trump commenting on North Korea’s nuclear weapons 18 years ago. In 1999, he mentioned that this crisis with North Korea needs to be handled properly and quickly. 

He began with how he would handle the situation himself at the time, “First, I would negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy and I’d make that we try to get the best deal possible. The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation. We have a country out there, North Korea, which is sort of wacko...and they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons.”

Trump also pointed out that North Korea's weapons serve a purpose for their country, “They’re not doing it because they’re have fun doing it, they’re doing it for a reason...if negotiation doesn’t work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later.”

One CNN host even called his remarks “intelligent.”

Watch the CNN video below for more information. Recently, following President Trump’s warning of “fire and fury,” North Korea named their first U.S. target, for the nukes instead of backing off as Trump suggested.

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