VIDEOS - "The military options are now in place," the US president told his North Korean counterpart.
Faced with the war of words and nerves opposing Washington and Pyongyang, the whole world is worried, fearing a fatal sequence. But Donald Trump continues his warlike rhetoric. "The military options are now firmly in place, ready to be put into action if North Korea acted imprudently. It is hoped that Kim Jong-un will choose another path, did he tweet this friday morning. Later in the day, the US president assured that if his North Korean counterpart attacked Guam, the American island located in the Pacific, he would regret it "really" and "quickly".
Thursday afternoon already, he persisted and signed in his threatening posture, believing that those who criticized his words were wrong. Are not you too hard ?, asked the journalists, after his promises to triggerfire and anger" if Pyongyang persisted in threatening the American territory. "Maybe my statement was not tough enough," he retorted. North Koreans have braved "our country for a long time and it's time for someone to get involved with the people of this country and the people of other countries," said Trump. American presidents "have been negotiating for twenty-five years. Look at Clinton. He went to bed during his negotiations. He was weak and inefficient. Look what happened with Bush ... with Obama. He did not even want to talk about it. Me, I talk. It's time, "he insisted.
Threat on Guam
During his campaign, his instinct of power has almost always led Donald Trump to choose the counterattack and the rise to extreme rhetoric, without giving an inch. Applying a recipe for game theory, taught to nuclear deterrence experts as well as poker players, he tries to convince Kim Jong-un and his Chinese protectors that he does not bluff when he says he will never accept a nuclearization of North Korea putting the American territory within range of its missiles. The president of the United States seems to want to take advantage of his image of impulsive leader to give credibility to it. His calculation could be to practice the tug of war "at the edge of the chasm", as Kennedy did during the Cuban crisis, to convince the Chinese to push Pyongyang to let go on the nuclearization. In exchange for a Chinese goodwill mission, which would solve the problem, Trump suggests not to launch his trade war against Beijing and he has instructed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to propose the opening of direct negotiations with Pyongyang, which aim to offer the communist regime advantages as well as the assurance of doing nothing to bring it down.
But if Trump is mistaken about Kim's psychology - or Beijing's influence abilities - and triggers, by his nuclear poker, an uncontrollable escalation? The question then arises that North Korea has for the moment chosen the bidding war, threatening to launch an attack against the American island of Guam, in the Pacific. Pyongyang's army has announced that it will prepare an offensive plan against Guam by mid-August. This plan would plan to fire 4 missiles over Japan, which in 17 minutes and 45 seconds would "crash at sea 30 or 40 km from the US". The danger, say analysts and politicians, is that Kim decides, on a whim, to test his credibility by firing at Guam. What then would be the military options of an American president who would be forced to react in order not to lose face? Could it hit the North Korean regime without tipping the region into total war? Worried, 60 MPs sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denouncing Trump's "irresponsible and dangerous statements". Abroad, Russia said it was "very worried" about "very high levels of conflict". Berlin said it did not see a "military solution" to the case and the Chinese called on both parties to "caution". But Donald Trump is unimpressed.
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