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Trump criticised for ‘fire and fury’ remarks on N. Korea

Mark Dubowitz
9th August 2017 - Quoted by France 24

Trump threated North Korea on Tuesday with “fire and fury” if it continues to develop its nuclear weapons programme. In response, North Korea’s military claimed it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a US-held Pacific island.

Former US diplomat Douglas Paal, now vice-president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace thinktank in Washington, said Tuesday Trump should not enter into a war of words with Pyongyang.

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The situation is more dangerous this time round, however, according to Mark Dubowitz, chief executive officer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit group in Washington. “This is a more dangerous moment than faced by Trump’s predecessors,” Dubowitz told The New York Times.

“The normal nuanced diplomatic rhetoric coming out of Washington hasn’t worked in persuading the Kim regime of American resolve,” Dubowitz said. “This language underscores that the most powerful country in the world has its own escalatory and retaliatory options.”

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