Fans of impending nuclear destruction will take heart from the latest twist in the escalating North Korean crisis. In response to a threat from the hermit kingdom to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, President Trump ordered B-1 bombers to fly north of the DMZ in international airspace. Now North Korea is threatening to shoot down American planes – something which, you would think, would constitute an act of war.
North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, seemed to confirm that when he told the reporters at the UN that “the whole world should clear remember that it was the US who first declared war on our country”. It was an obvious attempt to blame the current tension on US actions. But the truth is that North Korea has repeatedly engaged in conduct that would usually result in swift, violent revenge – and, broadly, getting away with it.
Is Donald Trump different from previous presidents? Yes, he is. Have his recent actions been provocative? Certainly. Is he the cause of the current crisis? Not if you know about the full history of North Korean provocations, which dwarf anything Donald Trump has done since assuming office.
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