Two threats, two of the world’s most obstinate leaders, and little chance that their words will lead to a peaceful resolution
The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un continues to escalate. On Wednesday, the president of the USA issued a warning to Pyongyang from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, saying that if North Korea didn’t cease its threats to the United States, the communist nation will be ‘met with fire and fury like the world has never seen’.
The North Korean leader was not to be cowed, however. Through the state-run KCNA new agency, he issued a new threat, announcing that North Korea is considering a missile strike on the US military base on the Pacific territory of Guam. Pyongyang said it was ‘carefully examining’ a plan to strike the island and threatened to create an ‘enveloping fire’ around the territory.
This recent escalation of the bellicose slanging match between the two most unpredictable presidents in the world comes after economic sanctions were imposed by the United Nations Security Council under pressure from Washington. The measures have been fiercely contested by North Korea and the regime has declared it will continue its efforts to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking cities on the American mainland.
As well as the threats that Kim has been launching like missiles over the past months, a US assessment about North Korea’s progress in developing nuclear warheads – as reported in The Washington Post – has also deepened concerns in the US. According to the analysis, completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency, North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. This marks a key advancement in the regime’s ambitious project to become a fully-fledged nuclear power.
Two threats, two of the world’s most obstinate leaders, and little chance that their words will lead to a peaceful resolution.