It’s not entirely easy to differentiate between President Trump’s latest, inflammatory comments about North Korea and something that could be published by Kim Jong Un’s state-run news agency — presumably his words, or they’re supposed to be.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump warned while supposedly on vacation at his Bedminster, NJ, golf club. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Trump’s threat comes after Kim launched a fresh round of provocations against the United Nations countries that imposed new sanctions on North Korea.
Ignoring the obvious, “oh shit, Trump is sounds uncomfortably similar to an infantile dictator,” how likely is it that this trading of threats could become a nuclear showdown? Probably unlikely. But, Reuters reported shortly after Trump’s comments that the North Korean KCNA news agency issued a statement suggesting it was seriously considering attacking Guam.
The Washington Post also reported that North Korea had successfully attached a small nuclear warhead onto a missile, something it hasn’t shown capability of until recently. According unnamed U.S. intelligence who spoke to The Post, North Korean allegedly possesses 60 nuclear weapons.
Both North Korea’s and Trump’s are obviously terrifying for Americans living within 100 miles of, say, a major metropolis in striking distance of a nuclear warhead, or near an airbase that houses the nation’s nuclear arsenal. So basically everywhere on the coast.
Tuesday’s state media report is par for the course in terms of Kim’s villainous rhetoric. Though the thought of a man who lacks a basic understanding of the nuclear triad, now threatening to use it, is chilling. Like nuclear winter chilling.