President Donald Trump just said the world would witness ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ in response to North Korea’s threats to attack the United States.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told journalists at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”
Experts on North Korea, according to The Guardian, are saying this type of response from Trump could convince the Kim Jong-un regime that the United States could be considering a pre-emptive attack, which Trump himself has said was already on the table.
“It is dangerous and reckless and counterproductive for Donald Trump to threaten the annihilation of North Korea,” said Daryl Kimball, the head of the Washington-based Arms Control Association. “What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation. We are currently on the road to a conflict and we have to get to the off-ramp.”
This is terrifying. We don’t want to see WAR like we’ve never seen before!!!
Trump on North Korea: https://t.co/by9cb9kxYZ
— ♀️ The Anti-Trump (@Im_TheAntiTrump) August 8, 2017
The consensus on the ground now is that North Korea has succeeded in building a nuclear weapon capable of being placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The report was confirmed by US intelligence agencies and through a Japanese government study, after the regime has already successfully launched several missiles.
“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the assessment stated, in an excerpt that was read to The Washington Post.
Here’s part of the problem, though: Trump has already claimed North Korea would not develop an ICBM capable of reaching the United States during his presidency and has previously blamed President Obama for his failures there. Yet – during Trump’s presidency, Kim Jong-un has. Now that it’s a real possibility, President Trump and his administration are trying to do everything they can to still look tough without backing down on their previous promises.
The UN Security council’s decision to place sanctions on North Korea’s economy, including China’s backing of the proposal, is only causing the nuclear rhetoric to increase. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned, prior to Trump’s statements, that military action was close to becoming a possibility.
“If they had nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the President’s perspective. Of course, we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option,” McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.
Given North Korea’s insistence that they will “under no circumstances” negotiate their nuclear capabilities, that leaves war as the only option. At least, as far as Trump’s statements make it sound.