Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Warned over Hawkish Rhetoric against North Korea

Trump Warned over Hawkish Rhetoric against North Korea

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey said he wants Trump stripped of his executive powers under the 25th Amendment.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stark warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang that it should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

"Today (Wednesday) over Twitter, Trump revealed that his first order as president had been to upgrade the US" nuclear arsenal, yet added that he hopes it will never be needed. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", warned Trump.

The North is threatening the United States with the prospect of a nuclear-armed long-range missile, and Sen.

North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation.

Mr. Trump's "first order" refers to a January 27 presidential memorandum ordering a new Nuclear Posture Review, characterized by the Pentagon as "legislatively mandated" and the basis of nuclear policy.

On Friday, the Chinese government said it would remain neutral if North Korea attacks the United States, but warned it would defend its Asian neighbor if the US strikes first and tries to overthrow Kim Jong Un's regime, Beijing state media reported. The victim's face had been obscured by CNN's logo - leaving viewers with the impression that Trump was, literally, beating up CNN.

"And so the kind of apparently off-the-cuff statement we saw yesterday from President Trump is very concerning, because what we're going to be anxious about here, particularly in this area of the world with this regime, is the danger of miscalculation and potential escalation".

But there is "more continuity than there is change" during the review, Kimball said, and no official guidance is offered until after the review is complete.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the US territory of Guam.

Political analysts have been warning that the White House should take into consideration China's position on this boiling issue.

Tens of thousands of United States troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.

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