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North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday
Donald Trump’s campaign says the program ‘has only grown in strength and sophistication’ despite Clinton’s pledges to work to end it
‘Calamitous diplomatic failure’
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says hermetic state would know Trump isn’t ‘messing around’
Says entire world would be put on notice if Trump took office
Conway got pressed repeatedly on how Trump would respond if North Korea had capability to deliver nukes to the continental U.S., but gave no specifics
‘He would make sure that they would never use it’
Clinton says the nuke test points to the need for a president with ‘steadiness and strength’
Democrat vows: ‘We are not going to let North Korea pursue a nuclear weapon with the ballistic missile capacity to deliver it to the United States territory’
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is laying the latest North Korea nuclear test squarely in Hillary Clinton’s lap, calling it a ‘calamitous diplomatic failure.’
‘It’s just one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state,’ Trump said in a speech in Washington at the Values Voter summit.
‘Just today, it was announced that North Korea performed its fifth nuclear test – its fourth since Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State,’ Trump said.
He echoed the remarks his campaign spokesman Jason Miller put out earlier in the day, calling the nuclear test ‘yet one more example of Hillary Clinton’s catastrophic failures as Secretary of State.’
‘Clinton promised to work to end North Korea’s nuclear program as Secretary of State, yet the program has only grown in strength and sophistication. Hillary Clinton’s North Korean policy is just one more calamitous diplomatic failure from a failed Secretary of State,’ he said.
The Obama administration, under Clinton and successor John Kerry, has relied on a policy of gradually tightening already tight sanctions on North Korea, while trying to avoid open escalation – in an effort to break the cycle of bad actions by North Korea followed by talks, followed by more bad actions.
The administration has refused to engage in direct talks, a perennial goal of the country, unless the North Koreans agree to negotiate toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
Clinton’s campaign put out a statement that didn’t mention Trump – but said the nation needed a president with ‘steadiness and strength’ – a reminder that she and her campaign have gone at Trump as unfit to serve as president.
‘North Korea’s decision to conduct another nuclear test is outrageous and unacceptable,’ Clinton said. ‘I strongly condemn this reckless action, which – coupled with its recent series of missile launches – makes clear Pyongyang’s determination to develop a deliverable nuclear weapon. This constitutes a direct threat to the United States, and we cannot and will never accept this.’
‘This is another reminder that America must elect a President who can confront the threats we face with steadiness and strength. We need a Commander-in-Chief committed to a bipartisan foreign policy, who can bring together top experts with deep experience to solve the toughest challenges,’ she said in the statement.
In comments to reporters, the candidate backed President Obama’s call for additional sanctions, and called for continued cooperation with allies, but failed to articulate how her strategy would differ from President Obama’s.
‘We are not going to let anyone who is a treaty ally or a partner of ours be threatened. And we are not going to let North Korea pursue a nuclear weapon with the ballistic missile capacity to deliver it to the United States territory,’ Clinton said.
She said the U.S. would equip allies in the region with missile defense capabilities. ‘That is not something either the North Koreans or the Chinese or the Russians in the region are particularly pleased about. But what is the alternative?’ she said.
She wasn’t asked directly about the Trump camp’s charge that the tests represented failed diplomacy on her part.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Trump would put forward a new policy based on strength, but failed to outline what the strategy would be.
Trump would ‘make sure’ that North Korea would ‘never use’ a nuclear weapon if the outlaw regime got the means to deliver a nuke to the continental U.S., his campaign manager said Friday, without explain how he would respond to the state’s increasing capabilities.
‘He would make sure that they would never use it,’ Trump campaign manager Conway said on ‘CBS This Morning.’
Conway got pressed repeatedly by host Charlie Rose on how Trump would respond to North Korea after the isolated regime conducted its fifth nuclear test.
The state has developed long-range ballistic missiles, and continues to pursue a goal of being able to mount a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile that can travel great distances, despite reports of famine and depredation of its people.
‘North Korea and the rest of the word would know Charlie that President Trump and Vice President Pence aren’t messing around with anybody who is trying to threaten our lives,’ Conway said, when asked about Trump’s policy.
‘The generals that I hear and the national security experts that I hear talk about nuclear capability being nothing short of devastating,’ she said.
Pressed by cohost Norah O’Donnell whether he would push a diplomatic or military response, Conway said, ‘He would make sure that they would never use it,’ without sharing details.
‘He’s not going to reveal all of his plans and he’s made that very clear and maybe someone can ask him in a debate. But the fact is that this entire world would be put on notice that there’s a strong leader in The White House,’ she said.
‘There would be no failures in Syria, in Libya, in Benghazi. There would be no Russia reset. There would be no advance of ISIS, who our own President called the JV team,’ she continued.
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