Us strategy in Afghanistan: Trump promises a decision soon

Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs for vacation in Bedminster New Jersey from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington U.S

The remarks by Trump aide Sebastian Gorka to the BBC came after media criticism that the Trump administration - the president as well as Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis - had offered mixed messages as tension rose over North Korea's nuclear program.

North Korea on Thursday said its proposed missile strike would fly over Japan on its way to Guam.

The White House has launched a review of the USA plan for Afghanistan after 16 years of war, and reports suggest that Trump's national security team is divided on whether to send more troops or to pull out.

Andrew Fletcher, senior vice president commodity derivatives at KeyBank National Association said the president's comments add an "undertone" to the market but that if oil traders were "really anxious about confrontation we would be much higher than this". What he's thinking can change depending on the day of the week.

"I do not see a military solution to this conflict", she added. "We're getting very close". "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so". "I don't think we are there yet".

"I think, in fact, the pressure is starting to show", he said.


The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia would not automatically be drawn into any war between North Korea and the United States.

Yeonmi Park, who defected from North Korea at 15, said of the brainwashing: "I had to be careful of my thoughts because I believed Kim Jong Il could read my mind". The Trump administration has definitely not exhausted the option of diplomacy.

WASHINGTON | us president Donald Trump said Thursday that his decision, long awaited, on the level of american troops in Afghanistan would step in quickly.

Meanwhile, US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said. That includes a comment from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that North Korea must stop any action that would "lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people". We're reaching out to a number of Republicans to see if they would co-author. That's another problem with the administration: you don't really know what their strategy is. The president has been in this back-and-forth, a kind of public feud with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.

TL: If they're not executed, yes. We need to get - it's going to be tested quickly over the course of literally weeks as to whether or not China's serious.

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