The Trump administration has a long road ahead in their coming conflict with North Korea, but that hasn’t stopped the tough talk from flowing on either side.
Kim Jong Un, the diminutive despot currently at the helm of the rogue regime, has seemingly ramped up the efforts of his predecessors in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President. Where previous North Korean “supreme” leaders quietly despised the U.S., and seemed to hide their nuclear progress from the world, Kim has pushed his rebellion to the forefront of global politics.
In July alone, Kim oversaw the first two successful ICBM launches in the history of the nation, with the second such rocket estimated to be capable of uninterrupted flight as far as Chicago, Illinois; a terrifying realization given North Korea’s unending desire to annihilate the United States with nuclear weapons.
This escalation has had the Trump administration on edge in recent days, with a great many politically vague statements being made on the subject of Kim and the North Koreans.
H.R. McMaster, however, didn’t have time to mince words as he discussed the situation, clearly issuing a thinly veiled threat to Kim himself.
“National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un should not be sleeping easily at night and said the evolving situation with the North Koreans constitutes a ‘grave threat’ to the U.S.
“McMaster made the remark in an interview Wednesday and emphasized that Kim has become increasingly isolated on the world stage.“‘No, I think he should not be,’ McMaster said after MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt asked if Kim should be ‘sleeping easily at night.’
“‘Because he has the whole world against him, right? He’s isolated. He’s isolated on this. Since 1953 the Korean peninsula has been in a state of armistice. The war never formally ended and there’s been no aggression, no aggression from the United States, South Korea, any of our allies.'”
McMaster’s statements seemingly follow a pattern of escalation within the Trump administration in regard to Kim and his cronies.
Just days ago, President Donald Trump responded boldly when asked what the next step in the North Korean conflict would be, stating simply that the U.S. alone would “handle” the situation. Given his recent admonishments of the Chinese effort to curb Kim, it comes as no surprise that the President would advocate a singular solution to the problem, but it does usher in a new era of rhetoric in the conflict.