Jennifer Rubin: Trump has Americans frightened about North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

President Donald Trump blasted North Korea after a new report Tuesday said USA intelligence has assessed that Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", he wrote on Twitter. He then added: "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

Trump's fiery rhetoric, however, plays into a long-standing North Korean narrative that the nation is under the imminent threat of invasion by the United States. "He has been very threatening - beyond a normal statement", Mr. Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"The story used anonymous sources to report that North Korea loaded anti-ship missiles onto a patrol boat near the coast, something that Haley refused to confirm or comment on because it is 'classified information'".

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored global calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea has launched more than a dozen test missiles this year.

Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Tillerson says that "Americans should sleep well at night".

New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump had undermined United States credibility "by drawing an absurd red line".

The statement says the move is in response to a recent U.S. ICBM test.

The threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has been a top foreign policy priority for Trump since taking office in January, but the dangers posed by North Korea have taken center stage since the country test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

United States military commanders have long planned on the assumption that North Korea has a warhead and Pyongyang claimed to be able to miniaturize nuclear weapons in 2015.

It says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defense against perceived US hostility.

Speaking Wednesday morning, Tillerson said, "Nothing I have seen and nothing I know of would indicate that situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours".

"The pressure is starting to show", Tillerson said.

Despite the United States' insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, USA spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country's east coast just days ago.

"I don't think (Trump is) courageous enough to start a war with the North Koreans".

The Post story, citing unnamed US intelligence officials, went further.

"You got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", Republican Sen.

That seems, um, unlikely to defuse - at all - what appears to be a rapidly escalating situation.

-June 2012: North Korea's military warns that troops have aimed artillery at seven South Korean media groups.

North Korea's threat cited the mission, calling for a potential strike on "Anderson Air Force Base in which the USA strategic bombers, which get on the nerves of [North Korea] and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above south Korea, are stationed and to send a serious warning signal to the U.S". The bombast is so frequent that it is hard to judge the seriousness, particularly as the North has not used its massive conventional arms stockpiles against its neighbors or USA military bases in South Korea and Japan.

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