Monday, 18 December, 2017

Tillerson tries to tone shit down after Trump's irresponsible nuclear threats

Tillerson tries to tone shit down after Trump's irresponsible nuclear threats Tillerson tries to tone shit down after Trump's irresponsible nuclear threats
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 16:06

Madeleine Z Bordallo, the US Congresswoman for Guam, said she was confident US forces could protect it from the "deeply troubling" North Korean nuclear threat.

A Republican who's a leading voice on defense issues says President Donald Trump has "basically drawn a red line" with his strong warning on North Korea.

Last month, North Korea successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles that are believed to be capable of striking parts of the U.S.

While Trump said the nuclear arsenal was more powerful than ever before, US officials say it takes decades to actually modernize nuclear weapons, a move already under way under President Barack Obama's administration, and there are treaties that regulate nuclear expansion. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", warned Trump.

"We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe", Mr Schumer said in a statement.

The rhetoric from the president - promising "fire and fury" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States - has spurred one outspoken critic of Trump in New Hampshire to push for his removal.

Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for the European Union's executive arm in Brussels, told a news briefing on Wednesday the situation in North Korea is of "great concern" and called on the North to "refrain from any further provocative action".

Tillerson spoke to reporters Wednesday after President Donald Trump and North Korea traded escalating threats of "fire", with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam.

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.

'[The] juxtaposition of tough sanctions and military exercises has predictably heightened North Korea's threats, ' and it was to be expected, Rice wrote referring to the recent sanctions against North Korea unanimously passed by the UN Security Council, as well as the large-scale military exercises that the United States conducts with South Korea every year. "You've got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", he said in a radio interview.

"The congresswoman agrees with Senator Humphrey that the Trump presidency has veered far off the rails", a spokesperson for Shea-Porter said, according to the Union Leader. "Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities". It says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived USA hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.