Congressional leaders not hearing much from White House on North Korea

Congressional leaders not hearing much from White House on North Korea

"Donald Trump should be relieved of the powers of the presidency at the earliest date".

Thursday on "CNN Tonight", network host Fareed Zakaria said President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric on North Korea was the "the art of the bluff".

So it is more than a little eerie, here on August 9, 2017, that the top story around the world is that of North Korea and its threats to possibly target the island of Guam, a us territory in the Pacific Ocean, with a nuclear-tipped missile.

He said the president's threat to North Korea was "like pouring gasoline on a fire".

The decision will not only take action against alleged Chinese violations of US companies' intellectual property rights, but could also be perceived as an attempt by the USA government to crank up the pressure on Beijing to rein in North Korea.

On Friday, he tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". He lists seven strategies "that won't work" - Trump has leaned most heavily on these two: "A USA preemptive strike" and "Treating North Korea as a problem for China to solve".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will do everything he can to protect the Japanese people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam.

And it's really only - it's been less than a week since the U.N. Security Council took their actions where - these were massive sanctions.

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"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said during a lengthy exchange with reporters. Said Lois Gillajup of Mount Airy, North Carolina, "As long as it's apes evolving from humans and not the other way around, I guess it's okay". Experts on the crisis repeated a call made by the Trump administration in recent months: China, North Korea's top trading partner and protector, must step in.

The North regularly threatens nuclear strikes on the United States and its allies.

A long setup straight-facedly assuring everyone that Trump's response to Kim Jong Un's Trump-esque inelegantly expressed martial metaphors (wolves do not strangle people) partook of calm statesmanship and level-headed de-escalation pays off in shared laughter at the sheer absurdity of the idea.

But back in the 1990s when North Korea was causing problems and issuing threats about atomic bombs, President Bill Clinton essentially said the same thing.

ZELDIN: Absolutely. Wherever you have any entity, whether it's an individual, a - or a business organization that is helping the North Koreans with their exports or obviously anything specifically targeting - directed to their program, then we should be using that leverage to show how serious we are and get China to hopefully up their game.

The State Department did not immediately comment on Mr Yun's diplomacy. And it was a three - it's $3 billion worth of exports of North Korea, over one third, being cut off.

"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday responded to new United Nations sanctions against the country, saying: 'There is no bigger mistake than the U.S. believing that its land is safe across the ocean, '" the host went on.

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