Korea tensions show disconnect between Trump's words and administration's actions

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 12, 2017

A few days ago they signaled that the USA would be open to talks with North Korea-I thought that was a good sign-until Trump yesterday made his incendiary remarks.

Meanwhile, US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after the North threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said. In a previous letter to Trump in May, the lawmakers criticized his response to North Korea's actions as fickle and urged him to pursue direct dialogue with Pyongyang, while stressing that any preemptive military strike would require congressional approval.

So if we, for example, launch cruise missiles on North Korea, they can decide to rain fire down on South Korea and kill hundreds of thousands of people.

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The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability. "We're going to need a lot of allies if we're going to engage in a military conduct with North Korea and also continue to engage with China". But the open confirmation by administration officials this week that Trump ad libbed his "fire and fury" declaration without consulting his main advisers on the specific wording suggests more a sudden impulse than a carefully considered tactic.

Ready for action A US Air Force B-1B Lancer arrives at Andersen Air Force Base Guam
Ready for action A US Air Force B-1B Lancer arrives at Andersen Air Force Base Guam

CARDIN: Well, clearly, there has been some progress made with the United Nations vote on additional sanctions.

The decision will not only take action against alleged Chinese violations of U.S. companies' intellectual property rights, but also could be perceived as an attempt by the USA government to crank up the pressure on China to leverage its influence in tempering North Korea's increasingly aggressive posture.

It's depressing to consider, more than a quarter century after the fears of the Cold War had largely subsided, that nuclear weapons are again dominating worldwide headlines. One is, we don't know where all their nuclear weapons are; we don't even know how many they have.

I think the challenge here is that both China and the United States understand there really is not a military way to solve this problem without severe consequences. The first order I gave to my generals. was this: "'I want our nuclear arsenal to be the biggest and finest in the world.' And we spent a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of effort, and it's in tip-top shape, getting better, getting stronger".

ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.

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