US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters outside the White House prior to his departure aboard Marine One on Oct 7, 2017. Saying that years of talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have yielded no results, Trump said without detailing that "only one thing will work" with Pyongyang. (ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said Saturday that "only one thing will work" with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after years of talks with Pyongyang brought no results.
"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea (DPRK) for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid," Trump tweeted.
"...Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators," Trump wrote. "Sorry, but only one thing will work!"
Trump did not make clear to what “thing” he was referring to in his tweets.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later confirmed to media that all options are still on the table and she had nothing further to add at this time.
Tensions ran high on the Korean Peninsula as the DPRK conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept 3.
In response, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang. Later, the DPRK tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile which flew over Japan.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed during a visit to China in late September that the United States has direct channels of communication with the DPRK.
"We have lines of communications to Pyongyang. We're not in a dark situation or a blackout. We have a couple of direct channels to Pyongyang. We can talk to them ... We've made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks," Tillerson said.