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Were Trump's fiery threats against North Korea reckless or calculated?

Were Trump's fiery threats against North Korea reckless or calculated?

President Trump’s chilling threat to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” against North Korea sent shock waves across the Pacific, but the administration argued Wednesday that it was carefully crafted for a special audience of one: Kim Jong Un.

By reminding North Korea’s young ruler in crude terms of America’s vastly larger nuclear arsenal, Trump appeared to be playing a diplomatic good-cop, bad-cop routine with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has repeatedly called for finding a way to resume negotiations with the government in Pyongyang.

“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand...

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