Trump's strategy against North Korea has more holes than a sieve

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price delivers remarks on North Korea during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster New Jersey U.S
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13 August, 2017

Despite calls for Trump to dial back the rhetoric and cool tensions with North Korea, the president said on Thursday of his "fire and fury" statement that "maybe it wasn't tough enough".

Friday: The US president warns that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in an undated picture. "Was this statement signed off on by anyone?" They included the president musing that his initial warning of delivering "fire and fury" to North Korea - which appeared to evoke a nuclear explosion - was too timid.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said it would be an "an extremely provocative act" to fire missiles towards Guam, a USA site which hosts a major military base.

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

Later in the day, Trump retweeted a post from featuring B1 bombers standing ready for military action.

Guam has about 7,000 U.S. troops with nearly a third of the land controlled by the USA military.

Trump also warned North Korea it should be "very, very nervous" of the consequences if it even thinks of attacking U.S. soil, after Pyongyang said it was readying plans to launch missiles toward the Pacific territory of Guam.

A new poll from Public Policy Polling released by Axios on Friday morning shows 82 percent of Americans say they are afraid of nuclear war with North Korea.

Japan and South Korea have also vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan to attack Guam.

Trump also met with his national security team and told reporters he's still hoping for a "peaceful solution". But never before has Pyongyang's bluster been matched by a U.S. President's.

But surely Kim knows that an actual attack on Guam, nuclear or otherwise, would be met with an overwhelming USA response that would surely mean the end of his reign and his life (along with those of perhaps hundreds of thousands of other North and South Koreans).

Those numbers reflect a quickly escalating situation; in the past month, North Korea has successfully completed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that could reach the mainland United States, and American intelligence officials say the country is nearing its goal of being able to fit a nuclear weapon on one of those long-range missiles. But it is also one that the USA military has been watching develop for years, with fairly well-defined steps that have led to an ever more complicated and potentially risky situation - but not the outbreak of a nuclear war. "North Korea better get their act together, or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world". Already North Korea is suffering grain shortages after a parched spring.

But he added: "Hopefully, it will all work out".

But for the people of Guam, the threats are just more of the same, the security of their island has not changed, and life is generally status quo, said Guam Senator Michael San Nicolas.

China, the top buyer of North Korean exports, has said it will comply with the terms of the sanctions, but experts have said the odds of actual compliance are slim to none.

The current sanctions aren't working, but, Krejsa said the USA might pursue secondary sanctions, targeting countries that aren't complying, such as China and Kuwait.

Calvo then spoke well about the place he governs, calling it "paradise" and told the president not to worry about the island's tourism industry.


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