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Weapons Test
Launched on August 29th, 2017

Crisis Summary

North Korea fired an intermediate range missile into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. Tensions have escalated sharply this year as North Korea has already launched 13 missiles. Earlier this month, in response to harsher United Nations sanctions, the North Korean regime successfully launched missiles with the capability of carrying nuclear weapons to Guam or the mainland United States. President Trump responded with a series of tweets and harsh words, calling for “fire and fury” in retaliation. Regarding the most recent test near Japan, the Trump administration released a statement saying that “all options are on the table”. LEARN MORE

Analysis

As many Americans have seen throughout the standoff with North Korea, this administration is ill-equipped and diplomatically-incapable of handling a delicate situation. President Trump continues to make incendiary comments and remarks in an attempt to demonstrate strength. Instead, the President confuses our allies and scares the American people. Beyond the rhetoric, the Trump administration lacks appropriate strategy relevant to the crisis. The State Department is understaffed, President Trump understands little about nuclear weapons, and the administration refuses to consider peaceful methods of negotiations. Opportunities to negotiate are disappearing and North Korea may already be nuclear-capable. While the world desperately needs calm, collected, and thoughtful American leadership, President Trump delivers uncertainty, ignorance, and dangerous ideas.

Engagement Resources

  • Appropriate North Korea Policy — A long piece by Tom Malinowski for Politico about a peaceful and reasonable response to North Korea
  • Chinese Complications — Adam Mount writes on the biggest player in the region and how the United States can work with –or against– China.

This brief was compiled by Jacob Malinowski. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact jacob@usresistnews.org.


 

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