Merkel doesn't speak for US on North Korea

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert poked fun at President Trump on Thursday after Trump suggested that his promise that North Korea would face "fire and fury" wasn't tough enough, questioning what could possibly be tougher. They are expected to arrive in the designated sites early Saturday.

Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the USA and South Korea would halt their military drills.

So far, however, America's allies have been slow to react to North Korea's aggressive nuclear ambitions.

"We just didn't do it in public", she said. And when you're around somebody who's screaming and unstable, the last thing you want to do is add to the instability with your own unstable, hysterical rhetoric.

"I think the wording was over the top and distracting, as well as unhelpful", Klingner added. She says Germany would work to find diplomatic solutions with the countries involved, the US and China in particular, but also South Korea.

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Earlier this week, Trump said the USA would slam the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it provoked America again.

President Donald Trump is warning of military action "should North Korea act unwisely". "Instead, President Trump has made a risky situation even worse by recklessly asserting that the United States is "locked and loaded" to bring "fire and fury" to North Korea". North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the USA territory of Guam, home to US military bases.

The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story.

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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