North Korea says it's examining plans to attack Guam
Aug 12 2017 by Desiree Burns
Officials immediately went to work to downplay the heated rhetoric, though within hours, North Korea retaliated with a threat to "obliterate an American air base on Guam".
One of President Trump'smost famous critics came to his defense this week after a vow of "fire and fury" for North Korea: former Vice President Al Gore.
Gore said that Trump "inherited a very unsafe situation" from previous world leaders and so should not be blamed entirely for the escalation, which most recently saw North Korea promising a plan to strike the US territory of Guam within days.
Slamming the media for their hyped-up rhetoric over Trump's concise speech, Limbaugh said, "I'll tell you, Rex Tillerson, you hear what Tillerson's saying?"
"I believe it's important that the current language be scaled down, and that the current threat be weakened".
But what - where it wouldn't help is if we were to take in the action of fire and fury in response to a provocative statement being said where North Korea isn't actually going to be engaging in military action against us.
Speaking from New Jersey Friday afternoon, President Trump noted why he thinks his words are being criticized. In April the White House took the rare step of inviting all 100 senators to the White House for a classified briefing on North Korea.
"The North Koreans have been who they are for months", he continued.
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But on Thursday, he said, "we'll always consider negotiations", even if they haven't worked in the last quarter of a century.
For once, it was not a tweet, but a regular old off-the-cuff remark to the press from President Trump that started an worldwide outcry.
North Korea responded with a specific threat, saying it would attack the waters around the USA territory of Guam.
"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries". The last serious U.S. "The North Koreans have been launching missiles for months".
But the threat escalated in a major way this week, amid reports that U.S. intelligence agencies assess that North Korea has the produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough. "He has genuine concern about the direction of events in North Korea".
The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the US wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".
Trump, while addressing the American opioid crisis during a N.J. briefing, acknowledged reports, that North Korea has "miniaturized nuclear warheads" capable of striking the United States.
The contacts quickly restarted after Mr Trump's inauguration, other people familiar with the discussions say.