Rather than a cooling of antagonism between the U.S and North Korea, the new year has brought a fresh round of provocation and bluster. Now, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader boasts, “The nuclear button is on my desk at all times,’ and no more is needed to rile up Trump. He tweeted an immediate response on arriving back in Washington Tuesday from the holiday break.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump tweeted.
This renewal of animosity and threats comes at a time when there are reports of possible peace overtures between North and South Korea.
Trump’s response might amount to nothing more than hot air because there’s some question as to whether he truly has access to a nuclear button, which is basically the name for a complex process that has to go through a chain of command.
Even so, Trump’s decision would be critical to launching such a nuclear response, and it’s difficult to determine the extent to which Kim Jong-un is bluffing or actually has the capability of his missiles reaching the U.S.
Is this exchange more threats of “fire and fury,” signifying nothing more than two bullies bragging about their nuclear arsenals and their destructive force?
While that question hangs in the air, Trump’s other announcements, particularly his threat to cut off aid to Pakistan and the Palestinians, are far more imminent. Also, he continued his railing against Hillary Clinton—that she should be thrown in jail—and thrashed Democrats for their stance on immigration.
As expected, Trump’s brash attitude is praised and applauded by his base of supporters, happy that he is not cowering under the attacks from his enemies.
It was more of the same Trump the world has witnessed over the past year and he offered an additional, rather amusing claim that his presidency is responsible the lack of commercial airplane crashes last year.
Any good news he is quick to claim and eager to point the finger—the one on the nuclear button?—at someone else for the bad news.
That Trump and Kim Jong-un are back at it is not good news for the world, and pressing either of the presumed nuclear buttons could result in mutual disaster.