Trump vows to take punitive action against North Korea

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The American president Donald Trump has vowed to take extreme measure against North Korea if the country does not cease its threats targeted at the USA. Amid rising tension between North Korea and the USA, President Trump promised “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” These stern sentiments by president Trump while at the Bed-minster Golf Club were in response to a question from a news reporter. Trump said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Could this be a repeat of the infamous Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks that saw many die due to Nuclear bombs? The sentiments by the American president came just hours after reports of North Korea developing nuclear weapons that could fit into missiles, effectively crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a fully – fledged nuclear power. Speaking of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said “he has been very threatening beyond a normal state.”

The outcast nation, North Korea, on the other hand has been vowing to continue working on developing its nuclear arsenal to include nuclear weapons that could reach the U.S. mainland, hence rejecting a new round of sanctions by the United Nation’s security council. According to the White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, General Kelly and other members of the NSC team knew about the statement made by the president even before it was delivered.

The tone of the president’s statement and its strength were discussed well before the president went ahead to issue the stern warning. In fact, the president has been always in contact with the members of his National Security team and his chief of staff. This will ensure that even while on a “working vacation” in Bedminster, New Jersey, he remains aware of all affairs of the nation. This is according to Deputy White House Secretary Lindsay Walters. In a press statement by the Defense Minister James Mattis, he stated that North Korea had been denied the freedom to develop nuclear weapons by the UN security council and was to cease its attempts to develop nuclear weapons and stop isolating itself from other states of the world.

trumpThe statement went on to say, “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.” Mattis acknowledged that although the state department of the USA was making every effort to settle the matter in a diplomatic way, affiliated militaries possess the best and most precise offensive capabilities on earth. This statement was a warning that any decision by North Korea to take action against the USA would be a would be met by equal and extreme measure from the American military.

Trump’s administration has depended greatly on China to intervene in dealing with the North Korean threat with Pyongyang to try to convince the Korean leader to stop his nuclear program. However, it seems that the peaceful diplomatic measures have not borne any tangible fruit over the past few months. According to the White house, all possible peaceful avenues of solving the matters will be considered before any action is to be taken against North Korea. However, Trump’s sentiments have not been taken well by some members of the senate. For example, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., criticized president Trump’s sentiments terming them as ones that would cause further isolation of North Korea.

According to her, these sentiments are in contravention of the goals America had set in the region. Trump had earlier on said that he would ‘Negotiate Like Crazy’ With North Korea. In a statement to the press, Feinstein said, “The United States must quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions, in my view, diplomacy is the only sound path forward.” Furthermore, Minority Leader in the senate Charles Schumer said in a statement to the press that although firm action needs to be taken against North Korea, “reckless rhetoric” is not a strategy that would keep America and its citizens safe.

Adding to the sentiments by fellow senators, Arizona Sen. John McCain said that, “you’ve got to be sure you can do what you say you can do.” While on a media appearance on Tuesday, Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis termed the rapidly rising tension between the USA and North Korea as the “biggest crisis” crisis that President Trumps administration has faced since entry into the office. Well, tension has been rising rapidly since February this year, with North Korea being defiant to all sanctions set against its nuclear program.

kim jongThe sanctions include a prohibition on coal and several other exports worth more than $1 billion. Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, called it “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.” It is evident that there is more to come. With both USA and North Korea holding to their ground on the matter, only time can tell what will result from these threats by the USA and defiance of the North Korean leader.

Would this be the onset of a nuclear war?

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