The last few days have been a nightmare for those who fear a nuclear war could break out on the Korean peninsula. Following off-the-cuff remarks made by President Trump, threatening “fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” if North Korea continues to threaten the United States, North Korea retaliated in the war of words. They issued a detailed account of what they will do should Trump and the White House continue to use such threatening language.
The North Korean Government stated that they are “seriously examining a plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the US.”
They then went on to clarify that the missiles would land between 25-40 kilometers from the coast of Guam, a US territory, and the launch would take place sometime in the middle of this month. Within hours, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who happened to be in Guam, clarified Trump’s remarks, dialing back some of Trump’s harsh rhetoric, suggesting that the United States will not attack first, and would act only if North Korea initiated an attack themselves. Tillerson’s comments seemed to calm things down, at least for the time being, but then White House Aide, Sebastian Gorka entered the picture.
Gorka directly attacked Tillerson’s much more reserved remarks, seeming to double down on Trump’s more harsh rhetoric from earlier in the week.
“You should listen to the president; the idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical,” Gorka told the Washington Post. “It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally. He said, ‘Woe betide anyone who militarily challenges the United States,’ and that is his portfolio. That is his mandate. Secretary Tillerson is the chief diplomat of the United States, and it is his portfolio to handle those issues.
“If you threaten a nation, then what should you expect — a stiffly worded letter that would be sent by courier? Is that what the U.K. would do if a nation threatened a nuclear-tipped missile launched against any of the United Kingdom’s territories?”
“North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States and use nuclear weapons. Sooner or later someone should take them seriously. The Clinton administration did not do so. The Obama administration did not do so. That stopped on January the 20th. We are not giving in to nuclear blackmail any longer.”
Gorka appears to have just put the ball back in North Korea’s court, and that ball may just be a ball of fire if this kind of rhetoric continues. North Korea is daring the United States to continue their threats, and the Trump administration seems to be playing right into their hands. What do you think about these latest comments from Gorka? Let us know in the comments section below.