As North Korea continues to engage in preparations for armed conflict, the Trump administration is meeting their increasingly militaristic stance with direct talk that suggests America is prepared to engage NK on the battlefield, should that become absolutely necessary.
Speaking earlier this week after the United Nations Security Council considered the matter of North Korea’s launch of four ballistic missiles, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley flatly said of North Korean president Kim Jong-un, “We are not dealing with a rational person.”
“It is an unbelievable, irresponsible arrogance that we are seeing coming out of Kim Jong-un at this time,” Haley went on to say.
Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Haley also said, rather ominously, that “all options were on the table” when it comes to how the U.S. will address what has now become a persistent, high-profile threat from North Korea.
Haley’s comments reiterate the words previously spoken by administration officials on North Korea, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who recently - and succinctly – said that “strategic patience is ending” with respect to the U.S. approach toward Kim Jong-un.
Given that there is no sign of conciliation in the U.S. position, and Kim Jong-un seems as devoted as ever to his country’s nuclear program, the question is beckoned:
Could the U.S. and North Korea really be headed to war?
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large