In 1999, Donald Trump said that if he were president, he would deal with North Korea immediately instead of waiting for them to develop nuclear capabilities.
Trump promised Tuesday that he would respond to North Korea with â€œfire and furyâ€ if they continued to threaten the United States.
In 1999, Trump delivered the same strong response to the dictatorial regime, explainingÂ that if negotiations failed, he might be in favor of a preemptive attack.
â€œFirst, I would negotiateÂ [before resorting to a preemptive strike],â€ he said. â€œI would negotiate like crazy. I would make sure we tried to get the best deal possible.â€
â€œThese people in three or four years are going to have nuclear weapons,â€ then-businessman Trump continued. â€œWouldnâ€™t you be better solving this really potentially unbelievable threatâ€“the biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation.â€
â€œIf that negotiation doesnâ€™t work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later,â€ he asserted. â€œAnd you know it, and every politician knows it, and nobody wants to talk about it.â€