“Fire and fury”: Donald Trump’s final warning to North Korea? | The Daily Dose – Wednesday 8/9/2017

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“Fire and fury”: Donald Trump’s final warning to North Korea? | The Daily Dose – Wednesday 8/9/2017

 

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In what may be his final warning to Kim Jong-un’s regime, Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea will “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continue to threaten military action against the US.

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Tensions between the countries have been steadily mounting in recent months, but intensified days ago when two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers, departing from Andersen Airforce Base in Guam, took part in the 10-hour strategic bilaterial mission with South Korea and Japan. Hours later, the DPRK warned it was ‘carefully examining’ plans to make ‘an enveloping fire’ around Guam, and said that the training mission was proof that ‘the U.S. imperialists are nuclear war maniacs’.

In trademark Trump fashion, he took to Twitter this morning to not so subtly remind Kim and his regime that America still possesses the most powerful nuclear arsenal on earth; an arsenal he confirms would use reluctantly if necessary.

So what’s to be done in the face of renewed talk of a nuclear conflict? First, don’t take it lightly. Kim has warned the US that it would ‘pay dearly’ for the China and Russia-backed UN sanctions it successfully imposed over the weekend. The 33 year-old dictator has claimed that he has ICBMs capable of striking the US mainland, and the Washington Post has reported that intelligences sources have confirmed that the DPRK has missle-ready nuclear weapons. (Note: The WP does not present actual documentation to support this claim, only say it’s been confirmed by their intel sources) .

However, in spite of the public escalation of tensions, some experts caution that the North Korean threat should not be over-stated. Siegfried Hecker, director emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the last known U.S. official to inspect North Korea’s nuclear facilities, told The Washington Post, “Overselling is particularly dangerous. Some like to depict Kim as being crazy — a madman — and that makes the public believe that the guy is undeterrable. He’s not crazy and he’s not suicidal. And he’s not even unpredictable.”

Still others, like US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tell everyone to ‘Keep calm and carry on’. Addressing the escalating tensions this morning, he said “I do not believe that there is any imminent threat’ from North Korea, and ‘Americans should sleep well at night’.

Let’s hope he’s right.

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