North Korea Says 3.5m Volunteers Ready to Retaliate Against US

North Korea Says 3.5m Volunteers Ready to Retaliate Against US

Mediadrumworld/ZUMA Press/NewscomU.S. Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis warned that the Kim Jong-un regime's actions risk the "destruction of its people" President Trump promised "fire and fury" against North Korea "like the world has never seen".

Macron also spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump with the aim of "getting North Korea to conform to its global obligations", his Elysee office said. And it reaffirms my honest belief that President Trump's mouth is a greater threat to America than North Korea could ever hope to be. The kind of dying one might expect when two unhinged narcissists who happen to lead nuclear-armed countries get into an "I'm-tougher-than-you" standoff.

The Trump administration has been quietly engaging in the back-channel communication for several months, discussing Americans imprisoned in North Korea - including University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier - as well as the battered current state of relations, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

Trump has called on China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear program. "The president's statements exacerbate" such concerns.

"They're saying, 'All he really wants in the reunification of Korea.' Is that something you think would be good ... to let him reunify Korea into a hellhole?" It's also exactly the sort of thing North Korea's supreme leader does routinely, and that's not a leadership model the United States should embrace.

North Korea said on Thursday plans would be completed by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land near the US Pacific island of Guam, 3,500 km (2,175 miles) away.

One available option is the proposed Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prohibit the president from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior congressional approval.

But hope hasn't gotten me far lately, so I figure we should prepare for the worst.

Now is the time for statesmanship and cool-headed diplomacy on all sides.

"Now, what do you want to do, wait for Hawaii to go up in ruins?" he asked.

I hope those suggestions offer some assistance in the stressful days to come. "I'd say [Trump's] being incredibly irresponsible and he's putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch".