Merkel doesn't speak for US on North Korea

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Rep. David Cicilline urged Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday to call back the House from its August recess in order to debate legislation that would require congressional approval for a USA pre-emptive strike. Threatening to fire a volley of missiles toward a major US military hub _ and the home to 160,000 American civilians _ may seem like a pretty bad move for a country that is seriously outgunned and has an terrible lot to lose.

Meanwhile, American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.

But Cicilline added: "The president's words matter".

There are no air raid drills or cars in camouflage netting as was the case during previous crises. And so, we have a North Korean, we're not really sure.

North Koreans have lived for decades with the state media message that war is imminent, the U.S.is to blame and their country is ready to defend itself.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't see a military solution to rising tensions between the United States and North Korea and called for a de-escalation of the rhetoric.

"Force has always been an option, but it has always been the last option, not the first", Soderberg said.

Merkel called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue. Particularly, Klingner told TheBlaze, South Korea and Japan are anxious about the "direction of USA policy" and "the manner in which it will be carried out".

"I think the wording was over the top and distracting, as well as unhelpful", Klingner added.

Colbert pounced on the remark: "What is tougher than 'fire and fury?'" he asked.

Trump tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"Hopefully, Kim Jong Un will find another path!" the president said.

"One", Klingner said, "would be to our allies, South Korea and Japan, and it was a signal of resolve that we would defend ourselves and our allies, a signal to North Korea that you shouldn't continue down this path or things will get very unsafe and also a message to China of its reluctance to pressure North Korea has only encouraged Pyongyang to continue down this path toward a crisis that Beijing doesn't want, as well as triggering USA and South Korean responses that Beijing also doesn't want". Following a warning from Trump Tuesday that the U.S. would unleash "fire and fury" on it if it endangered the United States, North Korea announced it would launch four missiles into the waters near the Western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.

However, despite the rhetorical similarities between the "rain of ruin" and the "fire and fury", presidential historians like Michael Beschloss say Trump's language has been unusually harsh considering the context, noting that President John F. Kennedy's statements during the Cuban Missile Crisis were more muted and that President Dwight D. Eisenhower made a point of not matching the provocative tone of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

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