North Korea’s neighbors, meanwhile, called for calm and restraint.
“I have to reiterate that the current situation in the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive,” said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We hope all sides concerned can remain calm and restrained so that tensions can be eased as soon as possible.”
Given Trump’s track record over just six months in office—including his recent “deranged” attacks on the American media—some argued that such restraint will likely not come from the White House.
Former State Department official Laura Rosenberger, who worked specifically on issues related to North Korea, warned that Trump is “playing with fire here—nuclear fire.”
“Picking a Twitter fight with a nuclear-armed dictator is not wise—this is not reality TV anymore,” Rosenberger concluded. “He could literally get us into a war with his tweets.”
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