Situation with North Korea filled with "bad answers," Yarmuth says

07/11/2017 01:13 PM

With escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says that none of the options are good adding he has little faith in President Trump to fix an issue that has baffled previous Democratic and Republican presidents.

North Korea tested a long-range missile on July 4 capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the Pacific Northwest. After the launch President Trump promised that the United States would deal with the country “very strongly,” in a statement released on his personal Twitter account.

In an interview with Pure Politics last week, Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said that it’s hard to determine when to take Trump seriously.

“I don’t know what to think of anything President Trump says, because it’s generally not based on any knowledge or understanding or historical perspective and his foreign policy seems to be to criticize President Obama,” Yarmuth said.

The situation with North Korea is filled with “bad answers,” Yarmuth said listing several options to deal with the nation.

The United States “has to do our best” at diplomacy and seek the help of China in helping to ease tensions and end weapons testing, Yarmuth said adding that it would likely be futile to launch an attack against the North Koreans.

“We don’t know where to strike,” he said, adding that there are thousands of Americans in South Korea.

Yarmuth also discussed Trump and the Russians and how Congress is once again seeking civil discourse — to watch that part of the interview click the video below.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on July 12, 2017 07:36 AM :

    Representative Yarmuth, the answer you proposed is not bad at all. Washington needs to negotiate seriously, which we almost never do, regardless of which party has the White House. We only issue demands & threats, and that arrogant approach almost always fails. Here’s my answer: (1) Announce that our military threats against North Korea have failed and will cease immediately. (2) Withdraw our idiotic THAAD missile system from South Korea immediately because that is what all the countries in the region have demanded. (3) End the idiotic state of war that has existed with North Korea since 1950 and recognize their government without any conditions. (4) End our idiotic embargo against North Korea without any conditions. (5) Support every sensible, pro-peace initiative that the countries in the region suggest. Your reaction, please?

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