- 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) WIDE SHOT OF JIM SCHOFF, SENIOR FELLOW AT THE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM SCHOFF, SENIOR FELLOW AT THE CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, SAYING: "Trump kind of gets away with the bluster, and the exaggerations and the falsehoods, because, well, 'that's Trump being Trump.' And Secretary of State Tillerson today said, well, he's just warning North Korea in words that they can understand, and seemingly discounting the actual content of what he said. So I think they will be able to walk back from this, and you know, threat - did he mean a verbal threat or did he mean, you know, physically threaten someone? I think they'll be able to kind of gloss over this particular outburst."
- 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
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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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