Trump taunts North Korea as China urges calm

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

The semantics appear to be rhetorical, since USA nuclear experts have called Trump's claims of a more powerful nuclear program "baseless" and "absurd".

The remark was improvised, apparently in reaction to a Washington Post story on how the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency assesses North Korea as having achieved a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on the long-range missiles it is testing.

MARTIN: What - are President Trump's words, though, undermining the potential effectiveness of those sanctions if it just keeps escalating the rhetoric and escalating the threats that North Korea throws back?

The DIA 's latest assessment comes against a backdrop of growing global concern regarding North Korea's nuclear and missile testing.

Kazianis said it still is not clear whether North Korea has developed heat shield technology required to allow a missile to leave and re-enter the atmosphere. You have the president of the United States essentially threatening a preemptive or a preventive nuclear war in Asia, not in response to a North Korean strike, but in response to North Korea's rhetoric, the fact that they're disrespecting the United States. Prior to that, before I was born, was the 1962 Cuban missile crisis which was also very serious and occured when John F. Kennedy was president. Mr Yun is the only U.S. diplomat in contact with any North Korean counterpart.

He then mentioned Trump's remarks from the "Jersey White House" in which the president said that "maybe that statement wasn't tough enough". Said Lois Gillajup of Mount Airy, North Carolina, "As long as it's apes evolving from humans and not the other way around, I guess it's okay". "I know we'll see but it might be the last thing we see!" "The United States, we sanction a lot of other countries, OK?"

"President Trump's threat to rain down "fire and fury" on North Korea is like pouring gasoline on a fire", Humphrey wrote. -North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said. Pyongyang this week threatened to fire missiles near the USA territory of Guam during an exchange of bellicose rhetoric with Trump. "As a citizen, former U.S. Senator, and twelve-year member of the Armed Services Committee, I urge you to act [at] once". Listen, they threaten us in a way you never will. He insulted a US senator's military record (plowing past his own shaky excuses for not serving, ever).

The sanctions target about a third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports.

ZELDIN: Well, it's important that the North Koreans know - and this is where it would help, is where the North Koreans know that military action against the United States would result in severe consequences and essentially would result in fire and fury.

The president appeared to draw another red line that would trigger a US attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for its leader, Kim Jong Un.

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