- Title: Trump's North Korea 'bluster' raises doubt among U.S. allies -analyst
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM SCHOFF, SENIOR FELLOW AT THE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, SAYING: "I don't think North Korea is going to strike Guam. I'm fairly comfortable in that assessment, but they could choose instead of testing their missiles within a relatively close range to North Korea, which they've been doing. So they've been lofting up these missiles ever higher and higher, landing in the exclusive economic zone of Japan to try to demonstrate that they can reach very far out in the United States if they shot them at a normal trajectory. What if they shot that missile into the EEZ or the exclusive economic zone of Guam or of California? You know, that would change, I think, the political reality here in the United States. It would really, again, shine a bright light on that issue of: do we accept this or do we not?"
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 17:45
- Keywords: fire and fury Trump comments on North Korea North Korea's threat to strike Guam Trump's tweets
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C. / BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION + PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA / INTERNET
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C. / BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION + PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA / INTERNET
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0086TFRN0N
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- Story Text: President Donald Trump's incendiary warning to North Korea against threatening the United States raises doubt among its allies, particularly South Korea and Japan, regarding U.S. policy toward Pyongyang, an analyst said on Wednesday (August 9).
"They're right in the neighborhood of where the backlash would come if we chose to take some sort of military strike because we decide that we can't tolerate this vulnerability," said Jim Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
He also said Trump's boast on Twitter that he had modernized the U.S. nuclear arsenal since taking office was "not true."
Trump's Twitter messages about the nuclear arsenal came after North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. That in turn followed Trump's comments on Tuesday that any North Korean threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."
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