Dem: Trump resignation is 'one thing' that would ease North Korea tensions

Dem: Trump resignation is 'one thing' that would ease North Korea tensions

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) suggested Saturday that the only thing that could de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and North Korea would be President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans hold on to Arizona House seat Dems win majority in New York Senate, but won't control it Mulvaney to bankers: Campaign donations will help limit consumer bureau's power MORE's resignation. 

Lieu was responding to a tweet from Trump in which the president argued that diplomacy had failed to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs, saying that "only one thing will work."

"Dear @realDonaldTrump: Is that one thing you resigning? I'm sure your generals told you there are zero good military options against N Korea," Lieu wrote on Twitter.

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Trump has repeatedly acknowledged that the U.S. has military options on the table for responding to threats from Pyongyang. And while his administration's response has focused overwhelmingly on imposing new sanctions, Trump himself has launched a barrage of threats against North Korea.

During a speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, for example, he said the U.S. may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea.

Days later, he posted a tweet claiming that the reclusive country "won't be around much longer" if it continued to threaten the U.S. North Korea's foreign minister later called the comment a declaration of war. 

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been heightened in recent months, as Trump trades barbs with officials in Pyongyang over the increasing pace of their ballistic missile tests.

Last month, North Korea tested what its government said was a hydrogen bomb — a development that, if true, would mark a major milestone for the country's nuclear weapons development.