ZELDIN: Well, it's important that the North Koreans know - and this is where it would help, is where the North Koreans know that military action against the United States would result in severe consequences and essentially would result in fire and fury. "And in response", he said, citing the Wall Street Journal, "North Korea warned that they are "ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force", adding that "other countries were not being threatened". "And I just started "The Handmaid's Tale"!"
The sanctions target about a third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports. As with seen perhaps most notably at a CNN debate in 2015, when conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Mr. Trump about the nuclear triad, that is the US strategy of having nukes on land, in the air, and at sea. Colbert wants the reclusive authoritarian regime to know that the US isn't looking for anything serious right now and wants to keep things open.
"Just looking from the outside in, I think he does have some problems", Adams said. We sanctioned Russian Federation just last week and it felt pretty great... they threaten us in a way you never will!
The messages sent to a paranoid absolute ruler such as Kim Jong-un need to be crystal clear: If you launch a nuclear missile that kills people, we will strike back with overwhelming force.
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I spoke to him just a short time ago and began by asking if President Trump's latest threats are helpful.
ZELDIN: Absolutely. Wherever you have any entity, whether it's an individual, a - or a business organization that is helping the North Koreans with their exports or obviously anything specifically targeting - directed to their program, then we should be using that leverage to show how serious we are and get China to hopefully up their game. "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".
"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday responded to new United Nations sanctions against the country, saying: 'There is no bigger mistake than the USA believing that its land is safe across the ocean, '" the host went on. And that means for China - China doesn't want North Korea to become a nuclear weapons state.
"We are at a point in time where choices will have to be made one way or the other", Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, said recently. Issue fearsome threats from his golf resort.
"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", he said, responding to a question about his increasingly tough talk about North Korea following Pyongyang's threat to launch missiles in the direction of Guam, or at other USA allies. There's probably a little shop that sells range balls in the next room.
Pyongyang reacted by claiming it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam - an island territory in Micronesia and the site of a United States military base. Though today, based on a White House official's comments, he was asked if that comment was sarcastic.
"Donald Trump is seriously sick".