Donald Trump, North Korea and the dangers of appeasement

Donald Trump, North Korea and the dangers of appeasement

In his speech to the U.N. on Tuesday, Trump spoke of his own nation's patience, but said that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea". Long gas lines forming in North Korea.

South Korea has denounced Kim Jong Un's escalating rhetoric and China has also weighed in, urging North Korea to stop persisting on a risky course.

"Although I am sure such a launch would be very alarming to people in Japan, there is little the United States or Japan could do", he said.

Greg Palkot got a rare interview with a North Korean defector who warned the take dictator Kim Jong Un's threats seriously.

How far is North Korea from Hawaii?

Following his speech, Ri was met with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.

"The Secretary-General expressed concern over the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and appealed for de-escalation and full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions", a statement from a United Nations spokesperson said.

Raising their fists in salute to Kim, demonstrators hailed his explosive denunciation of Trump square in terrifying display of nationalist fervour.

We can always hope that the Trump administration's strategy will work: Maybe Trump's threat to Pyongyang of "fire and fury" will convince China to halt oil deliveries; perhaps the North Koreans will enter negotiations; maybe an interim peace agreement will stabilize the situation so "final status" talks begin about eventual de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and withdrawal of American troops.

The North Korean leader ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines last month, shortly after the United States suggested that its threats of military action and sanctions were having an impact on Pyongyang's behavior.

A day earlier, Kim reacted to Trump's provocative speech at the equating the US president to "a frightened dog" and a "mentally deranged USA dotard", employing an obscure insult for someone declining into senility. "S. dotard with fire".

Hans Kristensen, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists, says he thinks the North Korean threat likely is bluster, but if it happened "there's a real possibility" the USA would take military action in response, given the potential for an accidental detonation over a populated area and the potential threat to sea or air traffic. "But a live nuclear weapons launch and detonation in the Pacific would be an extraordinarily irresponsible act".

The angry response also came after the USA on Thursday sharply ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, targeting the regime's trading partners with a sweeping ban on business. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion. The last test on Sept 3 registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake. Suppose, instead, that the US and its allies decide that North Korea isn't worth the risks of either military or covert action.

The previous six nuclear tests were all conducted at the North's mountainous Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, although Pyongyang has sent two missiles over Japan in recent months. "The September 3 event would've weakened the zone, which could still have further repercussions, such as radioisotopes coming through possible subsequent cracks which would allow scientists to assess what type of materials were used", said Lassina Zerbo, the group's executive secretary.

He also saluted China's central bank for what he said was a move to stop its banks from trading with North Korea.

Another official at the the Korea Meteorological Administration's command center said it is believed to have been a natural quake. According to statistical surveys, previously 85% of South Koreans trusted the USA president but that has plummeted to 17%.

The cluster of Pacific islands that make up Hawaii sit about 4,660 miles away from North Korea.