Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again — Central Intelligence Agency chief

A rainbow appears over Tumon Bay Guam Sunday Aug. 13 2017. Residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam face a missile threat from North Korea

Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again — Central Intelligence Agency chief

The kind of dying one might expect when two unhinged narcissists who happen to lead nuclear-armed countries get into an "I'm-tougher-than-you" standoff.

North Korea's military said Wednesday it was considering a missile attack near the USA island territory of Guam after President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants world recognition for his regime and the USA needs to stop backing him into a corner.

Trump has urged China to apply more pressure on North Korea.

Without question, North Korea is a threat, but drawing a line in the sand and effectively saying, "If you threaten us again, we'll nuke you into the Dark Ages" is as feckless as it is dumb.

"Now, North Korea is smaller than [we are]".

Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. -based Stimson Center, argued North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from the border.

After Trump vowed on Tuesday to treat North Korean threats of hostility with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", the Kim regime announced that it is planning to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean near Guam, a US territory.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program. No nuclear weapons were used, as they had been only a few years earlier in nearby Japan. "I think there is still time for other measures, sanctions, diplomacy and all those kind of things", the former spy master warned.

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that". You'll want to store some weight before the food shortages and, if you're in the blast zone, the pounds will just melt away anyway. It will look edgy. "I'd say [Trump's] being incredibly irresponsible and he's putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch".

Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, where this first appeared.

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