U.S. and North Korea: Who will Blink First?
U.S. President Donald Trump is currently engaged in war of words with North Korean leader Kin Jong-Un and experts say they are unsure how this will end.
We are not sure how this ends either but one thing is becoming clear – North Korea is looking like they are prepared to take this all the way to nuclear war. This question is: Is Trump prepared to go all the way?
If he is not, then who blinks first?
Just this morning Trump went on Twitter to blast North Korea. The president said the United States is “locked and loaded” for war if Kim Jong-Un decides to “act unwisely.”
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
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
Earlier Trump promised to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” on North Korea if they continue to make threats against the United States.
“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement,” Trump said of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. “And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump said earlier this week.
See also: Is Trump Prepared to Go Nuclear on North Korea?
As expected, North Korea came back with a threat to bomb Guam, a territory of the U.S., following Trump’s statement.
North Korea added that they are ready to teach the United States a lesson.
“Should the U.S. pounce upon the DPRK with military force at last, the DPRK is ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its strategic nuclear force,” foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in a statement.
To further complicate matters, China, a staunch ally of North Korea said Friday that they will be ready to help their next door neighbor if United States attacks first but will stay neutral if North Korea attacks the U.S.
“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. 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,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“China hopes that all relevant parties will be cautious in their words and actions, and do things that help to alleviate tensions and enhance mutual trust, rather than walk on the old pathway of taking turns in shows of strength, and upgrading the tensions.”
So who will blink first? United States or North Korea?
Experts believe that should Trump back away from his threats, he will lose face and make United States weaker around the world.
Pyongyang on the other hand may try to push either the U.S. or South Korea to strike first following statement from the Chinese External Ministry to back them if United States strikes first.
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