The whole world is watching as Donald Trump ramps up the rhetoric to provoke nuclear war. American presidents of the past have ignored threats from North Korea in an effort to avoid nuclear war. Trump seems to love the attention he receives every time he escalates the threats. He seems to especially like the fact that the press is now talking about North Korea instead of Russia, what dress Ivanka is wearing,
or which magazine Melania has posed for today.
Trump said of Kim Jong-un: ” He has disrespected the US. He’s not going to get away with it, with me. Let’s see what he does with Guam. You’ll see what I’ll do.”
Maybe not tough enough!
In a twitter Tirade Trump escalated tensions this morning saying the US was ready to respond militarily should the rogue nation “act unwisely.” “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” he tweeted.
China’s trade with North Korea grew 37.4 percent in the first quarter of this year from the period in 2016. Chinese exports surged 54.5 percent, and imports increased 18.4 percent.China buys iron ore, zinc and other minerals from North Korea, as well as growing amounts of seafood and garments manufactured in the North’s well-equipped textile factories. China reported that its imports of North Korean iron were up 270 percent in January and February compared with the period in 2016.
Thus it seems, for the sake of relations with China, we should be extra careful about being perceived as escalating tensions with North Korea. Experts agree that one of the reasons the United States and North Korea could find themselves in a dangerous military standoff is that they don’t fully understand what each other is saying. The flurry of apocalyptic statements by the countries’ outspoken leaders, President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un, raises the possibility of miscommunication and miscalculation.
“If you look at any situation in the past where there has been a major escalation risk between nuclear powers, understanding the intentions of the adversary has always been very important.” Unfortunately it seems that Trump is more interested in communicating with his caddy than easing tensions with North Korea.