International Call for Diplomacy
South Korean intelligence has issued reports that North Korea is potentially moving an intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of striking the United States. The report comes after North Korean media said that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb earlier this week.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated that North Korea was “begging for war” and that the Trump administration would be imposing tough sanctions against the regime.
At a press conference in China on Tuesday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was critical of US sanctions imposed against North Korea. Putin’s comments are in line with China’s push for a diplomatic solution; the leader argued that North Korea will “…eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure.”
Putin called for a “peaceful, diplomatic” approach to North Korea. All of this comes after a tumultuous month in US diplomacy as President Trump threatened North Korea on television with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The Trump Administration Seeks to Shock
War may seem like a solution to the Trump administration. The media will call him “presidential, ” and his abysmal approval ratings will likely rise. Coverage of North Korea will dominate the news cycle and take attention away from the deepening investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Trump Administration’s latest human rights abuses, including Trump’s choice to end DACA this week.
It seems that the Trump administration’s shock politics are just beginning to pick up speed. Let’s all pay close attention.