Trump's "Fire and Fury" Wouldn't Be the First for North Korea

Pauline Gross
August 14, 2017

At least 3.5 million young people and retired soldiers have joined the North Korean military to fight in the event of a war against the USA, state media said, adding that people are rising up "to retaliate against" Washington.

Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the USA territory of Guam, some 3,200 km from North Korea.

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. It also said that Trump looked forward to visiting China later this year, calling the relationship between the two leaders "extremely close".

The European Union's Political and Security Committee will meet Monday in an extraordinary session called by foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to discuss "possible next steps" on North Korea, according to an emailed statement.

"I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday".

National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday said the USA is "taking all possible actions" to defend against nuclear threats from North Korea, but declined to say how far the rogue regime would have to go before provoking a response.

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The meeting comes as the USA and Asian nations join together to try to step up Pyongyang's economic and diplomatic isolation. But Wang, the Chinese envoy, cast Ri's presence in Manila as a positive, enabling him to "hear the voices from other sides".

"Hopefully it will all work out", he told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Trump has also insisted that "nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

A recent CBS poll found 61 percent of respondents were "uneasy" with Trump's ability to handle the North Korean nuclear situation. The U.S. hasn't taken any public steps to prepare for hostilities such as evacuating Americans from Seoul, which is within range of North Korean artillery, or moving ships, aircraft or troops into position for an imminent response.

Savage, the author of the best-selling "Trump's War: His Battle for America", noted Kim's threats are more than just talk, "he's actually been firing missiles". North Korea has previously mobilised large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate. They may continue launching missile tests but they don't want a war, and the US doesn't want military action either.

Aggression in diplomacy - telling the Koreans that the U.S. is "locked and loaded", and will bring "fire and fury" - are counterproductive and senseless. Beijing is North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of aid.

"It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse", he added.

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