President Trump recently praised Kim Jong Un for making a “very wise” decision when the North Korean leader stated that they were backing down on threats to attack Guam. This is the first real open communication of any de-escalation.
Trump’s tweet was made just a day after the North Korean media reported that Kim would be delaying his decision about attacking Guam. Reuters recently reported that Pyongyang state media arm KCNA reported that Kim’s statement was the first he made in public in two weeks.
However, his statement wasn’t just about withdrawing from his threat. He also warned, “that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared.”
The reality is that North Korea backed down after Trump made his very serious comment warning of “fire and fury” if they continued to threaten the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis also made the statement saying any missiles directed at a U.S. territory would mean “game on.” Mattis went on to say, “it could escalate into war very quickly. Yes, that’s called war, if they shoot at us.” Additionally, China not only allowed sanctions to go through in the UN but, also ceased all imports from North Korea.
North Korea is still growing their Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and nuclear program, but for the time being, they seem to have calmed themselves. However, the North has successfully fired two long range missiles, and according to a report from Japan and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, they have the ability to add miniaturized nukes to the rockets.
Though the threat is over, North Korea is still clearly a threat. What do you think is going to happen if we just leave them to themselves again? Let us know in the comments below!
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