Regan Pifer reports that there is significant tension between North Korea and the United States, and President Donald Trump’s comments and latest tweets have only exacerbated that tension.
Why the tension? North Korea has been puffing their nuclear chest the past several months–suggesting nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles and testing of said missiles in the near future. Their demonstrated aggression did not bode well with President Donald Trump. He has recently spoken to China and Japan in hopes both would help stop North Korea’s aggression.
What’s the latest on North Korea? This past weekend, North Korea showcased “a batch of new missiles and launchers at its annual military parade Saturday and followed up on Sunday with an attempted missile test,” according to Politico.
How did President Trump respond? He told CNN that North Korea has “gotta behave.”
Trump went after North Korea in a series of tweets last week, accusing Pyongyang of “behaving very badly” and “playing” with America.
“North Korea is looking for trouble,” one post said. Subsequent tweets called North Korea a “menace” and expressed “great confidence” that China will intervene.
“If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will!” Trump added.
How did North Korea respond to President Trump’s comments? A foreign minister of North Korea categorized Trump’s tweets as part of a “‘vicious style’ of tensions of the Korean Peninsula.” Han Song Ryol remarked, “Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words… Pyongyang will continue fortifying its nuclear arsenal and is ready for war, if that’s what Trump chooses.”
Is Trump really choosing war with his rhetoric? No. President Trump is not a warmonger. But he also isn’t going to stand idly by and watch a dictator and his government develop, test, and house an obscene amount of nuclear missiles. He is not going to watch this rogue regime grow into the most militaristic nation in the world.
President Trump is cautioning North Korea.
He isn’t calling for war. He’s attempting to keep this aggressive country in check.