Standing with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, the President issued a stern warning to North Korea that time is running out.
“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed,” said Trump from the rose garden. “And, frankly, that patience is over.”
In recent months, North Korea have come much closer in their bid to build a nuke that could reach the US. It is a situation of growing concern for top officials. South Korea, however, have been on record as advocating for direct talks with the fascist regime. In fact, President Moon Jae-in was elected on a platform of increased engagement with their nasty neighbors to the north. Despite his conciliatory stance, Moon warned, “…threats and provocations from the North will be met with a stern response.”
There are no clear solutions to the problem of the DPRK, though it’s obvious that the administration attempting to lean on China to ratchet up the pressure on their neighbors. To this end, the Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on a Chinese bank and several Chinese nationals while the State Department approved a $1 billion arms deal with Taiwan.
Whether it will have any effect remains to be seen. For now, the talking yam can do little more than just talk. Referencing the tragedy of Otto Warmbier, Trump said, “The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people or its neighbors and has no respect for human life — and that’s been proven over and over again.”
With the Russia investigation continuing full bore, a failing Health Care plan, and his various Twitter wars to tend to, having Trump at the helm of the national strategy towards North Korea is a terrifying thought. This is a man who goes ballistic at the most inconsequential provocations – imagine if he felt that North Korea was about to make a move? I just hope the Republicans are giving this consideration a great deal of thought. In the end, what’s more important, another tax cut for the rich or the potential deaths of millions of people?