"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", Trump said. When we ran out of urban targets, we destroyed every hydroelectric and irrigation dam, flooding farmland and ruining crops. From the vantage point of Beijing, this risks North Korea behaving even more unpredictably and, although unlikely, could even lead to the fall of Kim Jong Un. The ignorance of every single public figure regarding these facts is more risky than anything President Tweety may say.
Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.
But restraint was not the word of the day on Friday as Trump sent out a cascade of unscripted statements, including what appeared to be another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a US attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim.
Asked what would have been tougher than "fire and fury", Trump replied only, "You'll see".
Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.
At the ASEAN gathering, Tillerson said the US had success in pushing for increased isolation of North Korea, including full implementation of new United Nations sanctions. It also said that the two "reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". That means you don't understand what the words secretaries of state means.
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"The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the USA wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack", it said. Is that the understanding that the North Koreans should have?
Trump's comment prompted North Korea's military to announce that it was considering an attack on the USA territory of Guam.
Against this backdrop, Tillerson's Korea-focused trip did little to ease concerns of Washington's ASEAN allies that the area is not one of Trump's major priorities.
Trump, appearing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upended the long-standing USA commitment to a "two-state" solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.
"What they've been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed", Trump said. Cohn explained that Trump's "dad is from Germany".
Early on, Trump announced that he had undertaken "a military operation" to get "really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before".