President Trump Uses Twitter to Respond to North Korea


President Trump responded again to North Korea today, this time using his Twitter account. Threats against the United States were renewed by the North Korean government on Thursday, including a statement that plans were being made to fire missiles toward the territory of Guam, the location of an important American Air Force base. The president tweeted his response on Friday morning, declaring that military solutions are now “fully in place, locked and loaded.” Trump’s Twitter post was not completely bereft of optimism. He held out hope that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, “will find another path.”

According to General Kim Rak-gyom, the leader of North Korea’s Strategic Rocket Forces, plans for launching the missiles will be finalized before the end of this month. The actual order to fire will have to come down from the supreme leader himself, Rak-gyom said. North Korea has recently made significant advancements in its weapons program. Last month, the country saw its first ever successful test of an ICBM capable of reaching North American soil. These developments prompted a statement from Mr. Trump earlier this week, in which he promised that any acts of aggression against the United States would be met with “fire and fury.”

While President Trump has responded to North Korea with strong and even threatening language, he has not included specifics. None of his statements have clarified what actions would prompt an American military response. In a statement released on Tuesday, the president described recent North Korean developments as “very threatening beyond a normal state.”

Supporters have praised President Trump for drawing such a hard line with North Korea, but critics have also been outspoken. In a statement earlier this week, California senator Dianne Feinstein called the president’s rhetoric “bombastic,” and Arizona senator John McCain told KTAR News that Mr. Trump’s language will “bring us closer to some kind of serious confrontation.”


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