President Trump wants North Korea to know that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “more powerful than ever before.” He tweeted early Wednesday morning:
“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.
“Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”
This fresh warning to North Korea came after their leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened to pour “enveloping fire” around the Guam air base, where there are thousands of Americans. These words came in response to massive actions by both nations. North Korea recently tested a missile that they say can reach the United States, and the United States launched supersonic B-1B bombers from Guam. Trump warned North Korea that America would respond to continued threats with “fire and fury.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this about Trump’s response to North Korea: “What the president is doing, is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un would understand because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.” He continued, “I do not believe that there is any imminent threat” from North Korea, adding “Americans should sleep well at night.”
After the U.S. released the bombers and flew fighter jets close to the Korean Peninsula, North Korea responded to the threatening military drills by calling America “nuclear war maniacs.” They also announced that they were considering an attack on the U.S. base in Guam. A spokesperson for the state run KCNA news agency said that North Korea is “now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with the medium-to-long-range Hwasong-12 strategic ballistic rocket”. The statement concluded with this threat saying 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.”
According to U.S. intelligence documents seen by The Washington Post, North Korea has produced nuclear weapons and a ballistic missile delivery system. Just this weekend, H.R. McMaster, Donald Trump’s national security adviser said that a nuclear-armed North Korea would be “intolerable, from the President’s perspective.”
Are we coming to the point of no return in our back and forth with North Korea, or is this kind of language and flexing of our military muscle the only thing Kim Jong-un will understand?
Credit: The Sun