So while Trump is trying to out-crazy Kim Jong-un, North Korea has made the next move.
According to CNBC, North Korea’s response:
North Korea said on Wednesday it is “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”.
A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army, in a statement carried by the North’s state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be “put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment” once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.
In another statement citing a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the United States showed signs of provocation.
And this is what happens when you put someone in charge of your nation, simply because he’s an “outsider” and you saw him on a reality TV show.
It’s the equivalent of getting an auto mechanic to perform your kid’s open heart surgery.
The consequences of any U.S. strike would potentially be catastrophic not only for North Koreans but also South Korea, Japan and the thousands of U.S. military personnel within range of any North Korean retaliatory strikes.
It’s unclear at this moment whether Trump received clearance to make the kind of threat he’d made earlier in the day.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump told reporters at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
While North Korea needs to be dealt with firmly, that was a volatile statement, and it only served to put a lot of people on edge.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned of an “effective and overwhelming” response against North Korea if it chose to use nuclear weapons but has said any military solution would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”
That is a carefully worded statement, taking into account the sensitive and serious nature of the problem.
Trump is neither a leader nor a diplomat, and words matter.
And the world holds its breath…