The President went to the UN headquarters. He gave a speech that left many diplomats taken back. Trump continued with his “Rocket Man” name calling of Kim Jong-un.
He said that “Rocket man is on a suicide mission.”
Trump said “the United States has great strength and patience. But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Trump and his allies have failed to get North Korea to quit its missile program. Many Nations want a peaceful resolution, but none seem forthcoming.
What is even more concerning is the lack of options. It seems that a test of force is the only solution to the problem.
No one wants war, so leaders are trying to find another solution. That fear of war seems even more inevitable with Trump’s speech.
Some of the Diplomats at the UN didn’t show any support for Trump. But his aides at the White House stood behind their President.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spoke to ABC. She said “what you saw yesterday from the President was he being honest.”
Haley said “I know the people and countries don’t want to hear it. But here’s a man who continues to test ballistic missiles, he continues to test, now, hydrogen bombs.”
The whole situation is horrific. If America acts it could be seen as a bully. The US themselves have been testing similar weapons.
If the US does nothing and Kim strikes then others may blame them for doing nothing.
Some of the tests have come very close to Countries in the Korean Peninsula. It only takes a mistake or a bad launch to cause a catastrophe.
Worst yet, Kim decides he will test one of his missiles on another Country.
Trump said “as President of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.”
Some people wonder what his speech will do for Foreign Policy. Carla Anne Robbins believes all this will do is create more hostility.
Robbins said “really the impact of all of this was to crank Pyongyang up and not offer a huge amount of assurance to the allies and certainly no way forward.”
Could Trump really be trying to get North Korea to do something stupid? Is he hoping for an opportunity to strike?
What was the purpose of lashing out at Kim? It seems like the same strategy, just a bigger audience.
None of which have caused Kim to really be concerned.
The major concern that should be on the minds of all is how possible is war?
Both Trump and Kim seem willing to do the worst.