Poll: Most Americans believe Trump’s North Korea comments aren’t helpful

While the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang continues, Fox News asked over 1,000 registered American voters how they feel about US President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis and controversial comments. According to the poll results, most Americans think that diplomacy, not threats of military action, is the right way to stop the North Korean nuclear program.
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The majority of Americans believe that US President Donald Trump needs to use diplomacy to stop North Korea from building nuclear weapons rather than threats of military action, according to a new Fox News poll.

In addition, 70 percent of the voters who participated in the poll said that Trump’s recent comments regarding North Korea, which include vowing to “totally destroy” the country and calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Little Rocket Man,” are not helpful. Only 23 percent of the voters said that the way Trump talks about Pyongyang is helping to resolve the crisis.

Compared to previous months, more voters now disapprove of Trump’s handling of the situation. 55 percent of the voters said that they disapprove of Trump’s conduct regarding North Korea, an increase of 10 percent from July and 5 percent from August.

1,017 registered voters participated in the Fox News poll, which was conducted over the past few days. The findings of the poll were released yesterday (Wednesday) amid the escalating rhetoric between Trump and Kim.

Earlier this week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed Trump in a conversation with reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country," he said, "we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Ri said that "Mr. Evil President (Trump)" made an “irreversible mistake that will cause our missiles to visit all of the United States’ territory” when he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "Rocket Man.” He then called Trump “a crazy and power-obsessed man who controls the nuclear button.”

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