President Donald Trump’s intimidating warning to North Korea Tuesday that threats from the Kim Jong-un regime “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” has outraged Republicans, Democrats, and nuclear weapons experts alike.
Some are even guzzling wine because the president’s stance seems too extreme.
Speaking to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump told reporters that North Korea’s rhetoric and a series of recent ballistic missile tests goes “beyond a normal state” and if it continues will be met with “power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
But Trump’s big talk isn’t helping to defuse growing nuclear tensions between the two nations say American politicians and experts. “That kind of rhetoric, I’m not sure how it helps,” said Republican Senator John McCain during an interview with Arizona radio station KTAR Tuesday.
Key Democrats agreed, saying Trump’s threats will only make things worse. “The situation on the Korean peninsula is already volatile enough. President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments,” said California Senator Dianne Feinstein in a statement. “Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Diplomacy is the only path forward.”
In response to Trump’s threats a North Korean Army spokesperson said Wednesday that the regime is considering striking the American island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.
Early this week U.S. spy satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat off the country’s east coast. In recent months the communist dictatorship has conducted a series of tests of missiles that could be fitted with a nuclear weapon. Experts say the tests show these missiles are now capable of reaching Los Angeles.
American intelligence has found that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear weapon to fit on a missile.
Early this week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that diplomatic talks are the best way forward. “The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” Tillerson said Monday during a summit in the Philippines.
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