Your letters: Scorn and support for Trump's tough talk on North Korea

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North Korea says it's examining plans to attack Guam

12 August, 2017

And 60 lawmakers, marshalled by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., a Korean War veteran, sent an urgent letter on August 10 to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, supporting his direct-negotiations approach and urging him to rein Trump in. "And in response", he said, citing the Wall Street Journal, "North Korea warned that they are "ready to teach the United States a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force", adding that "other countries were not being threatened". "You'll get us all killed", said Colbert.

Deterrence - the same policy that worked against the Soviet Union for about 45 years - along with sanctions, diplomacy and a renewed human rights campaign directed at the North Koreans, remains the only realistic option.

According to the source, the talks are being held between Ambassador Joseph Yun, the USA special representative for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's United Nations mission, using what's known as the "New York channel", which has been an avenue of communication between the US and North Korea throughout the years. Colbert wants the reclusive authoritarian regime to know that the US isn't looking for anything serious right now and wants to keep things open.

"Nobody in their right mind believes North Korea is going to stop until somebody makes Kim Jong Un stop", Graham said.

"Just looking from the outside in, I think he does have some problems", Adams said. We are united in calling on the North Korean regime to halt its nuclear program. We sanctioned Russian Federation just last week and it felt pretty great... they threaten us in a way you never will!

"So from an objective standpoint, if you asked what is the level of threat, what's the risk, how likely is this to happen, people should be a lot less anxious today than they were in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis".

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Yonhap reported that the North's strategic force in charge of the country's ballistic missiles issued a statement that it is seriously reviewing measures to send a strong message that it can neutralize the USA military bases in Guam that house nuclear bombers and other key assets, with its Hwasong-12 missiles. McEldowney, now with Georgetown University, says President Trump may have been joking about the cost savings, but she doesn't see the humor in it. "His rhetoric yesterday, I think, is a change that is probably necessary". Issue fearsome threats from his golf resort.

The speaker of the Guam Legislature says he hopes the island can defend itself in the event of an attack from North Korea. USA intelligence, by the way, assess that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could potentially reach California, Oregon, and Washington, three states that didn't vote for guess-who, by the way.

A Senate intelligence committee source said the committee's staff have held a series of briefings across the intelligence community on the situation in North Korea. Pyongyang this week threatened to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam during an exchange of bellicose rhetoric with Trump.

Within hours, the president's post had been retweeted more than 22,500 times, getting more than 57,000 likes.

"Donald Trump is seriously sick".

The letter was made public as Trump doubled down on his North Korea remarks, suggesting that perhaps his statement wasn't "tough enough". "I'm sure everything will work out fine".

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