Whatever their thought process may be, North Korean leaders are continuing to push the envelope regarding their rhetoric.
In response to Trump’s statements at the UN, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said, “With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us. We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words,” according to The Daily Express.
North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, accused President Trump of fanning the flames of a potential third world war, saying that tensions cannot be settled with mere words anymore.
This response came in light of Trump’s previous comments which suggested that the US wasn’t willing to appeal to the rogue nation anymore. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, making fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” said the president.
Trump’s comments refer to the previous negotiations done by the Clinton administration in 1994, in which they negotiated a sellout deal to give North Korea $5 billion in aid as well as two new nuclear reactors if the rogue government promised to abandon their nuclear ambitions. It was an arrangement that they violated almost immediately after they received the money.
Instead of choosing a policy of appeasement, Trump has been consistently standing up to the foreign dictator. Yesterday, US bombers flew over the Korean peninsula as one of many demonstrations of force against the North Korean leader. They conducted a simulated air-to-ground missile-firing drill alongside two South Korean fighters in the East Sea. Japan also sent two military aircraft to participate in light of the mounting tensions in the area.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that it is impossible to tell how the situation will play out, but warned our military personnel to be prepared for any potential confrontation with the rogue nation.
“It is right now a diplomatically led, economic sanctions-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off of this path,” the general said. “Now what does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there is one thing the US Army can do. And that is you have to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can deploy if needed.”
The North Korean foreign minister also said that Trump had declared war when he said that Kim Jong-un “won’t be around much longer,” according to The Telegraph.
Some experts have speculated that the reason Kim has been so vocal and persistent in his saber-rattling is that he’s been growing increasingly paranoid for his life. Ever since North Korean hackers succeeded in uncovering the details of a potential assassination plot against the North Korean leader, analysts have seen this recent behavior as a sign that Kim is becoming increasingly worried for his life. In light of this knowledge, it’s entirely possible that Trump’s tweets are in fact a form of psychological warfare meant to further worry his counterpart.
North Korea has made many threats over the past few months; whether or not they will follow through with them is yet to be seen. Let’s hope that they do not.
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