- 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: "It certainly doesn't help with our discussion with North Korea. It raises doubt in China and in our allies minds, South Korea and Japan, about what our policy really is. And for South Korea, in particular, but also Japan - 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. They're the ones who are going to pay the price, and we can't actually excursive that military action without support from our allies. So we need much tighter message discipline and a better clarity on our policy over a long period of time if we're really going to make progress, I think."
- 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: LVA0066TFRN0N
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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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