Trump's North Korea rhetoric is stranger than Strangelove

President Donald J. Trump

President Donald J. Trump

He lists seven strategies "that won't work" - Trump has leaned most heavily on these two: "A USA preemptive strike" and "Treating North Korea as a problem for China to solve".

The North Korea threat has been a foreign policy priority for the Trump administration since it took office in January, but it has taken center stage since Pyongyang test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. While North Korea started it, Colbert noted, testing all those missiles for the express objective of attacking the USA, and a firm response is called for, maybe not "fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen".

Read original story Colbert on Trump vs North Korea: 'You'll Get Us All Killed... "Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as which they have not yet seen".

"My sense right now is most people really don't appreciate much about history", he said, noting that former president Bill Clinton began that policy by giving North Korea US$5 billion in exchange for its promise not to pursue a path of nuclear armament.

Jimmy Kimmel addressed the North Korea threat, too, as well as the fear incited by the president's aggressive rhetoric in response.

"I hope people learn from history here and don't repeat that", the CNN contributor added. Perhaps, but senior administration officials recognize that an armed conflict on the peninsula would be, in the words of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, "tragic on an unbelievable scale". "And in response", he said, citing the Wall Street Journal, "North Korea warned that they are "ready to teach the USA a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force", adding that "other countries were not being threatened". And Pyongyang will assume that the USA attack will be nuclear, since it would be even crazier to attack a nuclear-armed country such as North Korea using only conventional weapons.

Before that though, Colbert talked about North Korea's reaction to a new line of sanctions approved by 15 U.N. member nations and championed by the United States. "I don't think they undercut the United States on the world stage". "Let's see what he does with Guam", Trump said in apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. We're sorry we made fun of you.

I think it's going to be very counterproductive.

Kimmel continued: "By the way, he's making this insane threat from a golf course". And what's important for him to understand is that there would be severe consequences if he was to launch a nuclear warhead at the United States. Pyongyang's missiles, buried beneath mountains or loaded onto mobile launchers, are not easy to find; even if we could strike them, metropolitan Seoul, which contains about 25 million people, is well within range of a massive conventional reprisal.

Within hours, the president's post had been retweeted more than 22,500 times, getting more than 57,000 likes. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the USA was not demanding regime change and was willing to talk with Pyongyang - if the North agrees to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

"And it becomes not only the concern for the safety of self, but then of course for the safely of loved ones, the destruction of everything we have established", she said. "I'm sure everything will work out fine".

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