Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jake Tapper distills Trump's nuclear worldview to 3 alarming points

She also confirmed that Tillerson hadn't spoken to Trump before his "fire and fury" comment on Tuesday, but spoke to him for an hour on Wednesday as he returned on his plane to Washington from a trip to Asia.

The Republican said that she was concerned that after years of failed negotiations in which the North was widely seen as coming out ahead, Kim may not believe that the serious about using military force.

In an op-ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times, the former ambassador to the United Nations downplayed North Korea's threats, saying "we have long lived with successive Kims' belligerent and colorful rhetoric".

One was a retweet of a post that included a video of Trump promising "fire and fury" in response to Kim's missile provocations; one was a retweet of Fox's reporting more of the president's statement. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.

North Korea, no stranger to bluffing, frequently uses extremely bellicose rhetoric with warnings of military action to keep its adversaries on their heels.

As worldwide alarm escalated, Trump dug in on his threats of military action and posted video of his ultimatum to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The country has far exceeded USA expectations and has successfully produced a miniaturized warhead that can fit inside its missiles. In light of Trump's recent threat to meet continued North Korean nuclear threats with "fury and fire", which Humphrey likened to "pouring gasoline on fire", Humphrey argued that the "system of checks and balances" is not enough.

Speaking earlier today on his way home from Asia, he credited Trump with sending a strong message to the North Korean leader on the "unquestionable" US ability to defend itself, so as to prevent "any miscalculation".

"Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson told reporters.

"This pressure campaign with North Korea is something we are all in agreement on", she said. Cheney also emphasized the importance of making China understand that if it does not enforce sanctions against the North, the US may use force against North Korea. And Tillerson even made a pre-scheduled refueling stop in Guam, the target of the North's purported military designs.

The Associated Press and Reuters reported on that statement, essentially spreading the news that North Korea will never abandon its belligerent tactics around the world.

As a regional power and American rival, China may be happy to see Kim antagonizing the U.S., Cheney said.

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