Trump is doubling down on his promise to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea, suggesting that the original threat may not have been firm enough. The POTUS urged Kim Jong-un, and North Korea as a whole, to “get their act together” with regard to recent aggression. The president also stated on Twitter this morning that the U.S. is “locked and loaded.”
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
“Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement — was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough” he said. “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So, if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”
The revised statement comes just one day after North Korea ramped up their aggression in response to Trump’s original threat, suggesting they would attack nearby Guam and decimate it with fire.
Pyongyang officials state they are ready, willing, and able to fire up to four “Hwasong-12” missiles towards American soil, at least one of which may be loaded with a miniaturized nuclear warhead. Experts question the likelihood of such an attack succeeding; many Hwasong missiles crash into the ocean or never survive re-entry upon testing. Nevertheless, the United States does seem to be taking the suggestion seriously.
In a show of force, and a strengthening of allyship, both U.S. and South Korean militaries will enact regular drills starting later this month. South Korea, America and Japanese armies have already been practicing flight formations and group exercises just off the coast of Guam. Upcoming exercises would not only increase in scale, but would also provide an opportunity for the two allies to come together in a way more realistic to combat.
Sources suggest that “tens of thousands” from both sides will be involved in the exercises between Aug. 21 and August 31. Despite the timing, the U.S. military has revealed that they scheduled the exercises some time ago.
Kim Jong-un is directly responsible for final approval on attacks against the United States. Only the leader himself can approve such an attack, and thus far, this has yet to happen. But some experts worry that the coming exercises will be the final nail in the coffin, incensing Jong-un to the point where he may go through with approval.
If such an event does occur, the U.S, South Korea, Japan and several other allies will most likely attack North Korea directly with missile strikes, drones, cyber attacks, and interference with communications, crippling the tiny country and making it nearly impossible to continue to fight.
Despite the threats from both side, Trump is offering an olive branch; both he and Rex Tillerson officially stated their willingness to work with North Korea diplomatically if the annexed country agrees to stop making threats.
What do you think? Are we on the verge of a world war?