Justice Minister: Trump's rhetoric around North Korea 'unhelpful and scary'

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Yonhap reported that the North's strategic force in charge of the country's ballistic missiles issued a statement that it is seriously reviewing measures to send a strong message that it can neutralize the US military bases in Guam that house nuclear bombers and other key assets, with its Hwasong-12 missiles.

Gore, who is in the United Kingdom for the premiere of his new documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, also said that Trump is "less of a problem" than first feared on the issue of climate change. So they responded to the president's threat about not making any more threats with another threat. "They will be met with a fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war-which must be authorized by Congress-and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government".

Trump's words, both in person and on social media, fell into a pattern of what USA allies and partners describe as a concerning new reality, that of a world leader constantly ratcheting up his rhetoric while playing to his political base, even on the world stage.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator Ben Cardin, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we thank you very much.

KELEMEN: Asked about reports that the State Department has been using a back channel to send messages directly to North Korea, Countryman says that has been useful in the past, and it may be one way to make sure North Korea doesn't just rely on the president's tweets or off-the-cuff statements to make its decisions.

And North Korea's military responded with its own aggressive stance, saying that it is examining its plans for attacking USA bases in Guam.

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He also used the platform to go after the mayor of London, following the London Bridge terror attack in June.

He sounded more like a hothead rabble-rouser than the president of the greatest democracy on Earth.

"The problem is that when anyone other than [President Trump] is describing US policy, no one believes it is definitive because he is so erratic with his tweets, ' former Central Intelligence Agency and NSA Director, ret. Gen. Michael Hayden told VOA via email". "The words of this president are just not taken seriously around the world".

I think it's going to be very counterproductive.

"It just diminishes and cheapens the role of this president", he said. Make statements on Twitter. -China trading relationship. But analysts have cautioned that Trump faces a huge challenge in his desire to significantly reduce the US trade deficit with China, which past year stood at more than $300 billion.

Colbert continued: "Thankfully, faced with the greatest challenge of his presidency, Donald Trump stepped up and in a moment of pure statesmanship, de-escalated the rhetoric and brought calm to our anxious nation". "I don't think we are there yet". We obviously reiterate or welcome that commitment to peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation.

A long setup straight-facedly assuring everyone that Trump's response to Kim Jong Un's Trump-esque inelegantly expressed martial metaphors (wolves do not strangle people) partook of calm statesmanship and level-headed de-escalation pays off in shared laughter at the sheer absurdity of the idea.

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