In the past few weeks, North Korea and the U.S. have engaged in an increasingly tense battle of words and actions. North Korea attempted a missile test (which failed), paraded its medium-range missiles in a public demonstration of force, and has become increasingly belligerent in its rhetoric. The United States has threatened preemptive strikes, using recent bombings in Syria and Afghanistan as examples of the direction of U.S. foreign policy, and President Trump publicly declared that “We are sending an armada, very powerful.” (Exposing an embarrassing miscommunication between Trump officials, that carrier was actually on its way in the opposite direction at the time.)
These acts of bellicosity have led some commentators to call this the new Cuban Missile Crisis. Yet in recent days, the U.S. has backed off, at least somewhat, from its war of words. Vice President Pence, who is currently in Asia, did not create any sort of “red line” in his warnings to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and the Trump Administration seems comfortable waiting to see what role China may play in curbing North Korea’s aggressions.
What do you think? Is North Korea Really the New Cuban Missile Crisis?
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