On Sunday Donald Trump tweeted: "South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!"
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After Trump followed up on his ominous tweet by meeting with military staff, Pentagon head James Mattis said: "We have many military options and the president wanted to be briefed on every one of them." That's a horrifying statement from a nuclear-armed government whose president has previously remarked: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Mattis echoed this rhetoric on Sunday: "Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies, will be met with a massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming."
While Trump and Mattis may understand more than one thing, irony is not on the list of things they understand. They are threatening to launch a nuclear war, which constitutes a threat to the whole world.
One other area Trump's team struggles to understand is the rule of law. Threatening war is a violation of the United Nations Charter, a treaty that is part of the Supreme Law of the United States under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.
We urgently need to help ease tensions by persuading members of Congress to speak out publicly for diplomacy.
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> New York Times: North Korea Offers U.S. Deal to Halt Nuclear Test
> Axios: Mattis: Trump wanted to hear all military options for North Korea
> Bruce Cumings, The Nation: Korean War Games
> Dave Chaddock: This Must Be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War and Denied It Ever Since
> John DeLury, The Washington Post: Instead of threatening North Korea, Trump should try this
> Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Current U.S.-North Korea Relations