By Alicia Powe
North Korea’s communists have joined many on the left in the United States who are blaming President Trump for the growing possibility of a nuclear conflict.
The state news agency, KCNA, declared Trump “is driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war, making such outcries as ‘the U.S. will not rule out a war against the DPRK (North Korea).’”
The same state organ boasted Thursday that North Korea’s army would complete plans in mid-August to launch four intermediate range missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. territory of Guam.
WND reported Thursday the left’s accusations against Trump.
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Unlike their passive acceptance of President Clinton’s tough rhetoric against North Korea and Barack Obama’s engagement in a cyberwar, it is Trump who should back off.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., characterized Trump’s comments as “reckless.”
“We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe,” Schumer tweeted.
We need to be firm and deliberate with NK, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 8, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the former ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned “President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.”
Isolating North Korea “has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Feinstein tweeted. “Diplomacy is the only path forward.”
New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump’s responses undermine U.S. credibility.
“Make no mistake: North Korea is a real threat, but the president’s unhinged reaction suggests he might consider using American nuclear weapons in response to a nasty comment from a North Korean despot,” Engel said.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., claimed the president’s “reckless” response backs the U.S. “into a corner.”
Trump, who earlier had warned North Korea that any attack on America would be met with “fire and fury,” doubled down Friday, promising that U.S. defense systems are now “locked and loaded.”
“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 tweeted from his working vacation at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort.
Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
“We are backed 100 percent by our military. We are backed by everybody … we’re backed by many other leaders. I noticed that many senators and other, today came out very much in favor of what I said. But, if anything, that statement may not be tough enough,” he said.
Americans and allies of the United States, Trump assured, should take solace in his steadfast approach to dealing with the isolationist nation.
“The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about the attack on anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” Trump said.
U.S. intelligence agencies recently claimed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized nuclear weapons to fit on missiles capable of reaching U.S. mainland territory, U.S. Pacific territory and Guam.
China has urged both nations not to do anything further, and an editorial published by the influential Chinese Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper warns that China will remain neutral if North Korea fires missiles at United States territory first but will retaliate against the U.S. and come to North Korea’s aid if the Trump administration launches a pre-emptive strike.
“China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral,” the editorial states. “If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.
“China opposes both nuclear proliferation and war in the Korean Peninsula. It will not encourage any side to stir up military conflict, and will firmly resist any side which wants to change the status quo of the areas where China’s interests are concerned.”
The Trump administration has concentrated its diplomatic energy on pressing China to lean on its wayward ally. Although China backed sanctions against North Korea, the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty, signed in 1961, allegedly obliges China to defend North Korea in event of an attack.
Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his own ideas about de-escalation.
“I think that when things are coming almost to a fight, then the one who must step away from the hazardous line is the one that is stronger and smarter,” Lavrov said in a speech at the Terra Scientia youth forum, according the state news agency Itar-Tass. “We will keep hoping.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet China’s President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the next BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen next month where the pair will reportedly discuss North Korea.
Guam’s Homeland Security Department issued a a two-page pamphlet advising its residents on how to prepare and react should North Korea carry out its threat to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S. territory.
It also instructs civilians how to remove radioactive material that may accumulate on their hair, clothes and skin and how to determine which shelters are “safe.”
Democrats, Hollywood and the liberal media, meanwhile, have formed a bloc against President Trump, accusing him of erratically injecting chaos and unpredictability into U.S. policy toward North Korea. But, Trump’s approach to North Korea has been more flexible than President Obama’s.
Trump has tweeted angrily at the North Korean regime for months, vowing before his inauguration in January that he would not permit Pyongyang to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.
Despite his hostile exchanges with North Korea, Trump is open to negotiating with the isolationist regime and has been quietly engaging in diplomacy with the country for months, according to the Associated Press.
“Trump, in some ways, has been more flexible in his approach to North Korea than President Barack Obama,” the Associated Press reported. “Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes.”
In what officials call the “New York channel,” negotiation and diplomacy is regularly occurring “between Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission, according to U.S. officials,” the AP reported.
“While variations of the New York channel have been used on-and-off for years by past administrations, there were no discussions over the last seven months of Obama’s presidency after Pyongyang broke them off in anger over U.S. sanctions imposed on its leader, Kim. Obama made little effort to reopen lines of communication.”
Leftist celebrities, pundits and Democrats are hand in glove with Kim Jong Un, the dictator of a communist nation that has taunted the U.S. for years, against Trump, according to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“The United States of America Drive-By Media has spent more time trashing the United States commander-in-chief than they have the crazy, lunatic dictator who starves his people and has threatened to drop nukes on the United States,” Limbaugh quipped. “The Drive-By Media has spent more time criticizing and trashing and questioning the fitness for office of Donald Trump than they have the pot-bellied, ludicrous, weird haircut dictator of North Korea. Just think about that, just pause for a moment.”
Democrats, Limbaugh argued, “are still so poisoned with hatred for Trump winning that they are trying to persuade Americans to line up against their own president in favor of a 32-year-old lunatic with ICBMs at his disposal in North Korea. It’s mindboggling, just on the surface, the coverage of the news all week. We have to be nice to Kim Jong-Un. We must not provoke Kim Jong-Un. He must be reasoned with. Trump is dangerously unfit, dangerously insane, dangerously out of balance, out of kilter. We must do what we can to stop Trump. It is obscene, the poison of hatred flowing through their veins.”
Ignoring the imminent threat that North Korea poses is a mistake, Limbaugh argued Thursday.
“Kim Jong Un has been launching test missiles for months, for years. He’s been launching them in every direction, mostly into the ground. Each of them with a longer trajectory than the previous one. At what point is the launch we see not a test? At what point will one of these clown tests be an actual attack, say on Honolulu or Guam or San Diego, whatever? How would we know? What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing?” he questioned. “The mature thing to do is sit and watch and monitor? And, what, hope? We can’t pray because the left doesn’t believe in prayer. So what are we supposed to do to stop this guy?
“The Republican president is always the enemy,” he continued. “George W. Bush? What did they say about him? He was recruiting terrorists by the so-called torture in Guantanamo and the pictures of Abu Ghraib – George W. Bush was increasing the number of terrorists. How? By capturing them and putting them in prison at Club Gitmo – what are we supposed to do? Sit around and let the terrorists terrorize — and if we don’t say anything about them and if we don’t try to stop them, maybe they’ll reduce their terrorism? We’re being led — we’re being advised — by a bunch of people who are going to get us killed with their ideas of virtue and peace and harmony.”
Among critics of Trump’s handling of the North Korea threat were members of Congress and a former top Obama official.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, compared Trump to the North Korea leader.
“President Trump’s comments were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgment to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts,” Cardin said. “We should not be engaging in the same kind of bluster and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war.”
Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., also claimed the president’s remarks sounded like statements from the “supreme leader” of North Korea.
This sounds more like a statement from the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea than from the President of the United States. https://t.co/ZHOPtXt6qb
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) August 8, 2017
Susan Rice, former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, claimed in a New York Times op-ed, that Trump is waging a war that could leave millions dead by aggressively asserting that North Korea must not be allowed to obtain nuclear missiles.
“Either Mr. Trump is issuing an empty threat of nuclear war, which will further erode American credibility and deterrence, or he actually intends war next time Mr. Kim behaves provocatively,” Rice wrote in the Times. “The first scenario is folly, but a United States decision to start a pre-emptive war on the Korean Peninsula, in the absence of an imminent threat, would be lunacy.
“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” she wrote.
Hollywood is also blasting President Trump for being too tough.
“Of all the people you’d want in a nuclear standoff, Trump and Kim – Fat Man and Little Boy, how ironic – wld have to be last. Here’s hoping,” Bill Maher quipped
Of all the people you’d want in a nuclear standoff, Trump and Kim – Fat Man and Little Boy, how ironic – wld have to be last. Here’s hoping.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 8, 2017
Cher tweeted, “trump Causes FEAR AROUND the world.”
trump Causes FEAR AROUND trump On N.Korea“THEY WILL B MET WITH FIREFURY,& POWER THE LIKES OF WHICH THIS WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN”#REDLINE
— Cher (@cher) August 8, 2017
But North Korea is making a mistake if it regards Trump as it has his predecessors, Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka warned.
“I’m sure North Korea is watching Western media – they need to know something: This is not the Obama White House and there is a very different man today as commander-in-chief. And they should not test President Donald J. Trump,” he said.
“They can rattle their rusty sabers, but the fact is, this is a sadistic, dictatorial regime. And what they have been trying to do ever since the facilitation of their weapons programs by the Clinton White House and then the Obama White House, is to blackmail us, to blackmail the West. But that all ended this weekend.”
Despite the criticism Trump has received for his tough talk on North Korea, particularly from Democrats and liberal mainstream media outlets, his administration’s ability to persuade the U.N. Security Council to unanimously sanction North Korea demonstrates the president’s effective leadership, Gorka argued.
“Think about all the people who not just underestimated, but criticized this president. What did we just achieve through the good offices of Ambassador Haley, Secretary Tillerson? We have a 15-0 vote from the U.N. Security Council, including permanent members like China and Russia, that have brought the most stringent package of sanctions against North Korea we have ever seen,” he said. “They have backed themselves into a corner and they need to back down.”
Gorka explained the roots of the conflict date back a long time.
“We inherited a world on fire – eight years of leading from behind in strategic patience – saw a more militaristic China, saw the rise of North Korea, the establishment of Islamic State, the invasion of the Ukraine. This is what President Trump has inherited, but now there is leadership. It’s not the creation of vacuums. And we will stand up.”
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