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Majority Not In Favor Of Threatening North Korea With Military Action: Poll.

Despite President Donald Trump continuously threatening North Korea with military actions, a recent poll suggested most Americans were against such threats now, but would approve military action in future if diplomacy failed to curb Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

The poll conducted by ( CBS News states while 33 percent of the total surveyed said the U.S. should threaten North Korea with military action, 59 percent were against it.

Opinions were also highly partisan over the issue, with eight in 10 Democrats opposing military threats, while two thirds of Republicans were in favor of it.

According to the poll, 58 percent of those surveyed said if diplomacy doesn't work, they were in favor of military action against North Korea; only 34 percent disapproved of the idea.

Opinions on this point were pretty much similar across the political divide, with majority of both Republicans and and independents supporting military action. One third of independents and 50 percent of Democrats did not approve of military action.

The respondents were also divided on whether Trump had the ability to handle the situation. According to the poll, while 38 percent were confident about the president handling the situation, 59 percent were uneasy about his ability.

How a respondent thought of Trump's ability to deal with the situation was linked to how opposed they were to a military threats against North Korea.

Eight in ten who opposed military threats were uneasy about Trump's handling of the situation.  Among those who were in favor, a similar majority was confident about his ability.

The poll was conducted Aug. 14-16 by phone; a random sample of 1,223 adults was taken. Calls were made to a sample of land line and cell phones, and an adult respondent was elected randomly from the household.

The war of words between the two countries heated up last week with both countries threatening each other.

Last week, North Korea revealed its plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, ( Reuters reported.

The move came after Trump threatened Pyongyang, saying acts that endangered the U.S. would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." Later he stepped up the attack and said: "If anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough."

The state media of North Korea then said its military was planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea, less than 25 miles off Guam's coast,( Guardian reported . 

The president has also raised the issue several times with China, but has expressed disappointment with their inability to control Pyongyang. Trump interacted with Chinese President Xi Jinping last Saturday, where Xi called for restrain from both countries and said China was ready to work with the U.S. to solve the issue.


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Date:Aug 17, 2017
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