Trump's statements on North Korea reminiscent of Bush's preventive war doctrine

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If Donald Trump is even remotely thinking of making some kind of attack on North Korea, no one on earth will be safe from the fallout - and we mean that both literally and figuratively. A USA territory is facing a very specific threat from North Korea in response to Donald Trump's strong words.

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said during a lengthy exchange with reporters.

Nor can US-led United Nations sanctions on North Korea achieve an effective solution. A military campaign of "fire and fury" in the Korean Peninsula would also carry staggering human costs.

However, according to an article in the Boston Globe, quoting an expert in the realm of presidential power, Trump has nearly "unchecked authority to order the use of conventional or nuclear weapons against North Korea". The rhetoric that US President Donald Trump has been using in connection with North Korea is reminiscent of former US President George W. Bush's statements on preventive war, Head of the Regional Security Department of the Defense Studies Center at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Sergei Yermakov said on Friday. "I was really taken aback by the level of the siege mentality and the paranoia that exists there", Clapper said of his 2014 visit to North Korea.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.

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"And I would not fire one missile or drop one bomb against North Korea unless we were ready to finish the job", Graham continued. A threat his military calls "a load of nonsense", warning that only "absolute force" can work on him.

"This bellicose rhetoric could serve as a cover for the so-called preventive war doctrine, which many have already forgotten", he said.

So if it just stays right where it is, the threat being made that military action by the North Koreans would be met with fire and fury - you know, and we're leveraging that in order to make important progress on the diplomacy as well as the economic pressure, which is key.

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.

ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.

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