Donald Trump outbid. The US president said Thursday, August 10, 2017, that his formula on ” fire and anger “, promised to North Korea if it persists in its provocations against it, was ” perhaps not hard enough “. His Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, for his part chose to adopt a more diplomatic tone.
” It’s time for someone to speak loudly to the people of our country and the people of other countries, ” US President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he spends his holidays. He assumes his words: “fire and anger. ”
These remarks were of course aimed at the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang has in fact presented a detailed plan to fire four ballistic missiles towards the US unincorporated territory of Guam, a strategic island for US troops in the Pacific.
The North Korean army says a project will be submitted after mid-August to Kim Jong-un. Four missiles would be fired simultaneously, flying over the Japanese prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima, and Koichi, before crashing at sea 30 or 40 km from Guam, outside US territorial waters.
” We are preparing for many different scenarios,” said the US number one. ” If North Korea does anything – even thinking of attacking people we love, or our allies, or ourselves – they will have to really worry, ” says Mr. Trump.
But the American defense minister, James Mattis, plays the part of the ” good cop “, the nice one, in this crisis. He warned that the scenario of an armed conflict would be ” catastrophic ” in his eyes. And to insist that the American position rests above all on diplomacy:
” It is my responsibility to examine all military options. However, at this point, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and UN Ambassador Nikki Hayley, you can see that the US effort is diplomatic and it is beginning to produce results. ”
Global psychological warfare around the Korean Peninsula
The case reminded the experts of the missile crisis in Cuba in 1962, under the presidency of John F. Kennedy. On Friday morning, a sign that the blocks are in place, the Australian regional ally pledged its support to Washington in the event of a North Korean attack on the territory of Guam.
Speaking to the press, Donald Trump said Beijing could do ” much more ” to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic program – sanctioned by the UN. ” They know what I think. This is not going to continue like that, “assured the American president.
Some believe that Mr. Trump is trying to get China to react. This Friday, the official Chinese newspaper Global Times calls for balance: if the United States attacks the regime of Kim Jong-un, China must defend its ally. But if North Korea attacks Guam first, then she will be alone.
Located approximately 3,500 km from North Korea, Guam is home to a US anti-missile shield THAAD. A North Korean test in this direction could force Washington to intercept the missiles, failing which its military credibility would be reached. Not to mention the risk of a miscalculation …
The next joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea are scheduled around 21 August. What to consider a rise in pressure by then. In Seoul, the newspaper Korea Herald no longer takes a glove: according to him, ” it is now time ” for the South to develop a nuclear arsenal.