Over the last 48 hours, there has been quite a bit of movement in the saga involving U.S President Donald Trump and North Korea’s “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong Un.
The two world leaders have been trading barbs for virtually the entire time that Donald Trump has been in office, with Kim sensing an opportunity to gain diplomatic ground during the White House transition. Accompanying Kim’s big-mouthed posturing are a pair of successful intercontinental ballistic missile launches and the likely underground testing of a thermonuclear device that could possibly find itself attached to the aforementioned projectiles.
This, rightfully, hasn’t sat well with President Trump, who has never been shy about expressing himself and his feelings regarding those who look to harm the United States. Trump has met Kim’s threats of turning the U.S. to “ash and darkness” with stern language of his own, claiming that the U.S. could “destroy” the nation as a whole with a “fire and fury” the liked of which the world has “never seen”.
“US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that ‘only one thing will work’ to solve the North Korea crisis, although he did not explicitly specify what that would be.
“‘Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……’ the president tweeted.
“‘…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!’ he continued in a second tweet.
“It’s unclear whether Trump was referring to the nuclear option when he said ‘only one thing will work.’ A senior administration official told Business Insider that the White House had ‘nothing else to add’ to the president’s tweets, and the State Department did not return a request for comment.”
What we once believed about North Korea’s aggression/capitulation strategy of years past seems to be out the window in the current era.
Where the U.S. would simply meet Kim Jong Un’s threats with subtle sanctions and a shying away from outright conflict, President Trump has embraced the role of American protector to an unprecedented degree. His tough talk for the dainty dictator of the DPRK has put Kim in the hot seat, forcing the young despot to act, knowing fully well that any military aggression will be met with an end to his reign.