North Korea are claiming that their most recently tested intercontinental ballistic missile can now strike anywhere in The United States.
It is the most powerful of the 20 ICBMs North Korea test launched this year. Experts say that the missile has an approximate range of 8,078 miles, which is enough to reach states across US mainland, as well as Europe and Australia.
This gives North Korea significant leverage in negotiations with the U.S about its nuclear programme. North Korean state media have said that their newly developed missiles will not cause harm across the world “as long as the interests of [North Korea] are not infringed upon.”
President Trump’s response was: “We will take care of it … it is a situation that we will handle.”
But what is President Trump’s plan for handling this situation? Having engaged in a childish twitter battle with Kim Jong-un in the past, tweeting: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!” We can see clearly that Trump has no problem antagonising a world leader who now officially has the ability to launch nuclear attacks on several nations across the globe.
In the midst of this global crisis, Trump found himself facing backlash from political leaders around the world, including Theresa May, for retweeting unverified anti-muslim videos which were posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First in the U.K. Trump used captions for the videos such as “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” and “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!”
It was abundantly clear that Trump’s intentions were to enforce a negative image of Muslims and migrants in order to justify his plans for the border wall and mass deportations.
However, The Dutch embassy in the US have confirmed that the perpetrator of the violence in one of the videos was actually born and raised in the Netherlands. Not a migrant at all. What does Donald Trump have to say about the fake news he is willingly spreading himself?
When criticised by Theresa May for his actions, Trump retaliated childishly, once again taking to twitter to tell May to “focus on the destructive radical Islamic terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom” rather than on his own damaging actions.
How can the world trust Donald Trump to resolve this global crisis, a man who recklessly spreads hatred and bigotry through unverified videos to over 40 million followers online? This is a man who takes his political battles to his social media platforms, like a teenager with his sly digs at other leading politicians, migrants, Muslims: human beings.
In the meantime, Trump’s security adviser McMaster has said that the risk of war with North Korea is growing every day, describing North Korea as “the greatest immediate threat to the United States.”
“There are ways to address this problem short of armed conflict, but it is a race because he’s getting closer and closer, and there’s not much time left,” McMaster said.
“We’re asking China not to do us or anybody else a favor,” he added. “We’re asking China to act in China’s interest, as they should, and we believe increasingly that it’s in China’s urgent interest to do more.”
Still here? Read next: How To Give Back This Christmas