President Donald Trump doesn’t mince words.
There has been quite a lot of back-and-forth between the U.S. and North Korea in recent weeks, including a very Trump-ian ultimatum when Kim Jong Un tested another missile.
Simply, America is on high alert and they’re not going to put up with any world-altering shenanigans.
Of course, we’re not dealing with a submissive enemy; North Korea is well known for bullying their own people and the rest of the globe, so the Trump administration must remain vigilant.
And after Kim Jong Un made a particularly dire threat, the U.S. stood up and made it known:
If North Korea attempts to test its nuclear capabilities, Trump’s Team will respond with military force.
So what does North Korea do? Oh, they go and test another missile. It turned out to be a spectacular failure but even so, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have responded with a few admonishing words:
Via CBS News:
“A day after a failed North Korean missile test, U.S. President Donald Trump had a message Monday for the North’s ruler:
At the same time, Vice President Mike Pence warned at the Korean Demilitarized Zone that America’s ‘era of strategic patience is over.’”
Of course, North Korea fired back, as a UN ambassador accused the U.S. of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”
Uh…WHO created the situation?
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Pence added that he’s hopeful China will utilize its “extraordinary levers” to pressure North Korea to abandon its weapons program. But Pence is getting impatient, and as he concluded:
“President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change.
We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”
We’re dealing with a highly unstable individual in Kim Jong Un, who doesn’t react well to threats or insults. Which made what Senator John McCain said about Kim Jong Un even riskier (and dumber).
Let’s just be careful but at the same time, we have to be proactive. Here’s hoping the Trump administration strikes the appropriate balance.
Source: CBS News