North Korea is used to past American Presidents tolerating their rogue nuclear weapons program.
But now Donald Trump is President.
And he responded to North Korea’s latest provocation in shocking fashion.
North Korea stunned the world when it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The weapon stayed in the air for 40 minutes and traveled hundreds of miles.
U.S. officials confirmed it was an ICBM and it was revealed that it could hit targets in the United States such as Alaska.
Trump responded by staging a missile exercise with South Korea as a show of unity and force.
But that was not all.
He warned of “some severe things” being planned to deal with North Korea’s weapons program once and for all.
But Trump isn’t rushing to war.
He is giving diplomacy and negotiation a full go before launching military action.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“The Trump administration said it would give diplomacy more time to resolve a gathering crisis over North Korea’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon that can reach U.S. shores.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in his first remarks since North Korea launched this week what American officials concluded was the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, said the U.S. wasn’t closer to war.
“The president has been very clear and the secretary of state has been very clear that we are leading with diplomatic and economic efforts,” Mr. Mattis said during an impromptu press briefing at the Pentagon. He added that the military “remains ready” based on its agreements with American allies in Japan and South Korea.
His remarks came after President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was considering “some pretty severe things” in response to North Korea’s latest efforts. At a joint news conference in Warsaw with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, Mr. Trump said that North Korean leaders were “behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it.”
Trump has backed up his talk with action.
He bombed an airfield in Syria after Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his people.
That backed up the redline Obama weakly refuse to enforce.
Will Trump ultimately take military action against North Korea?