First thing this morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un.
He described the United States military as “locked and loaded”–in case Kim Jong Un and North Korea decide to “act unwisely”.
This is not the first time Trump has suggested the United States is ready to attack in order to defend the United States.
Him and Jung-un have went several rounds in a battle of escalated tension and rhetoric.
Just yesterday Trump “escalated his war of words with North Korea…by declaring that his provocative threat to rain down “fire and fury” might not have been harsh enough, as nuclear tensions between the two nations continued to crackle”.
Many have raised concern over Trump’s volatile words but Trump believes his statements aren’t tough enough.
This morning marks the “third time this week that President Trump has suggested that the U.S. is ready to strike North Korea”. According to The New York Times, their South Korean correspondent referred to Jong-un as “smart, pragmatic, decisive…capricious, moody and ready to kill easily.”
And, according to the latest reports, North Korea has the technology to reach Guam and, potentially, Alaska and San Diego:
After years of trying to build a reliable intermediate-range ballistic missile that could target American military bases in Guam, North Korea successfully launched a missile in mid-May believed to have a range long enough to reach the Pacific island.
In July, for the first time, North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, called Hwasong-14. The first test appeared to show the North could hit Alaska, and possibly San Diego, while the second pushed the range to somewhere between Denver and Chicago, according to David Schmerler, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Experts say that all of North Korea’s long-range ballistic missiles were designed to deliver nuclear warheads, but questions remain about nuclear payload miniaturization and their warhead’s ability to survive atmospheric re-entry.
The question now stands: How do you respond to Jung-un’s bellicose nature and irreverent missile tests?
President Trump, like Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, believes invoking fear and presenting strength is the only way to intimidate the enemy and control the situation. If you shirk back in terror and display vulnerability, it will only bolster the enemy.
This would explain his strong rhetoric, posturing, and tweets that describe the United States’s nuclear arsenal as “far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
We are now in a 21st-century Cold War.
As North Korea continues to test missiles and the United States impresses warning an ocean away, many wonder if it is just a matter of time until Jong-un presses a button launches the world into war.
But, as President Trump tweeted this morning, “hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!”