IS NORTH KOREA HEADED FOR ANNIHILATION?

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Trump: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ‘a sick puppy’

President Trump took another dig Wednesday at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him “a sick puppy.”

Trump, in St. Charles, Mo., was in the middle of calling the Republican tax plan “rocket fuel” for the U.S. economy, when he digressed and took an impromptu shot at “little rocket man.”

Earlier, Trump threatened new sanctions against North Korea a day after the isolated nation launched its longest-ranging intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile flew about 600 miles in a high trajectory, but would have had a range of 8,100 miles had it flown in a flat trajectory, according to calculations by David Wright, an expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. That would make it capable of reaching Washington, D.C.

The personal slugfest between Trump and Kim has no precedent.

Since he became president, Trump has lashed out at Kim, referring to him as “short and fat” and as a “madman,” and threatened to wipe Kim and his country off the face of the earth if they attack the United States or its allies.

SOURCE – USA TODAY

North Korea Fires a Ballistic Missile, in a Further Challenge to Trump

WASHINGTON — North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that flew both higher and longer than previous such launches, a bold act of defiance against President Trump after he put the country back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The president reacted cautiously to news of the launch, stating, “It is a situation that we will handle.”

But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed greater concern, emphasizing what he said were technical advances on display in the 53-minute flight, which began when the missile was launched northeast of the capital, Pyongyang, and ended nearly 600 miles to the east, when it landed in the Sea of Japan.

“It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” Mr. Mattis said in the White House, where he was taking part in a budget meeting with the president and Republican congressional leaders.

“The bottom line is, it’s a continued effort to build a threat — a ballistic missile threat that endangers world peace, regional peace, and certainly, the United States,” the defense secretary said.

SOURCE – NY TIMES

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