The Hill article Trump’s foreign policy team is working to develop a new strategy for confronting North Korea, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the strategy publicly.
The president has made no secret of his determination to strike the country with nuclear weapons and has called for a military option to confront the regime.
The White House is preparing for a potential strike using ballistic missiles, but that is still unclear.
Trump has not directly addressed the issue in public, but he has repeatedly criticized the North Korean regime for its actions.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump called for an immediate halt to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and pledged to impose new sanctions against the regime if necessary.
The White House has been working to establish a new approach, including developing a new diplomatic strategy, according a person familiar with the discussions.
The person spoke on the condition of the person’s anonymity because the person was not authorized under the law to discuss the administration’s foreign-policy strategy publicly and had not been authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The person described the approach as “the bait and switch,” in that it would involve the United States and South Korea engaging in negotiations to resolve North Korea issues.
The strategy would include developing a diplomatic strategy to address North Korea while not engaging in direct military action against the North, the person said.
It is unclear how that strategy will be structured.
But a senior administration official said the Trump administration has not decided on a diplomatic solution to the North Korea issue and that it is still working on the diplomatic strategy.
Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Flynn, has said the administration is seeking to “make this thing a diplomatic issue.”
The president’s advisers are also considering ways to “increase pressure on the regime, rather than the North Koreans, which would be a great way to put pressure on North Korea,” the person told The Hill.
The new strategy will also be informed by Trump’s desire to improve relations with China, the source said.