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Trump Escalates North Korea Tensions…Again
Not satisfied to press North Korea’s hot button once this week, President Trump took to Twitter again on Friday morning, calling the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, a madman.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
Trump’s comments come on the heels of a rare public statement from the North Korean dictator, who didn’t take kindly to the President saying he would annihilate the country if provoked.
“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK,” he said.
During his U.N. address on Tuesday, Trump referred to Kim Jong Un “rocket man” and said he would “totally destroy North Korea” if the missile tests and other threats didn’t stop.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself for its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. “The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
Kim Jong Un made other claims in his statement, one of which being that Trump will “face results beyond his expectation” if he doesn’t tone down his inflammatory rhetoric.
Full statement from Kim Jong Un responding to Pres. Trump's UN speech as released in English by the NKorea state news agency KCNA. pic.twitter.com/PFzt8P2gfW
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 21, 2017
The North Korean leader has also gone so far as to say he would be inclined to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific ocean if the U.S. doesn’t back down from its aggressive stance against the country. Thus far, Trump has shown no sign that he’s either willing or able to do that, however.
This whole affair has become a giant game of chicken between two countries who possess the ability to launch nuclear weapons at one another. Which one of the two will blink first? Or will anyone blink at all?
It was once thought that North Korea didn’t have the technology to make good on its threats, but recent missile tests show that might not be the case anymore. If so, now is the time for diplomacy, not escalation.