GOP rep: Trump's 'fire and fury' remark meant to pressure China

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Washington and Pyongyang have recently been exchanging sharp statements.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence who served under President Obama, said on CNN that President Trump needs to stop bloviating about North Korea.

Clapper explained that America must be "pragmatic" about the fact that North Korea will not give up its nuclear capabilities and engage diplomatically.

Trump's comment prompted North Korea's military to announce that it was considering an attack on the US territory of Guam. "This is tragicomedy of its own making".

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". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said.

United States president Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Saturday and agreed to work together on a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the White House said in a statement.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump responded to information that North Korea may now be able to miniaturize nuclear weapons.

Tensions around the Korean Peninsula started to rise in light of the implementation of the North Korean missile program. It said Wednesday that plans for a strike near the island would be complete by mid-August.

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that".

The ministry did not confirm whether Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has already issued an order to shoot down incoming missiles.

One of President Trump's most famous critics came to his defense this week after a vow of "fire and fury" for North Korea: former Vice President Al Gore. Trump's comments, however, do not appear to be backed by significant military mobilization on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remains open.

"I think this was aimed primarily at China to let China know how serious we are about this; to get China to re-engage, not just to play games the way they've been doing since the meeting at Mar-a-Lago", he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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