Politics Franks Blames Democrats for North Korea Nuclear Threat

16:18  10 august  2017
16:18  10 august  2017 Source:   Roll Call

Russia rebuffs US on North Korea, says Moscow, Beijing not to blame

  Russia rebuffs US on North Korea, says Moscow, Beijing not to blame Russia's foreign ministry accused the United States of trying to "shift responsibility" for developments on the Korean peninsula onto Russia and China, following another missile test by Pyongyang. The United States said on Friday that Moscow and Beijing were the principal economic enablers of North Korea’s nuclear weapon and missile program and that they bore special resposibility for the growing threat."We view as groundless attempts undertaken by the U.S.

While the North Korean nuclear threat must be taken seriously, it is not the cataclysmic crisis that the Republicans make it out to be – it’s just their petulant attempts to pass the blame for a crisis that their heroes engineered in the first place.

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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said President Donald Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” will deter North Korea. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)© Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said President Donald Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” will deter North Korea. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona blamed former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for nuclear threats from North Korea.

Speaking on the KTAR News show “Mac & Gaydos,” Franks said that President Donald Trump’s remarks that North Korea will be met with “fire and fury” was a sign of change from Democratic presidents.

“We had 11 missile tests under Barack Obama with four nuclear tests. Under Bill Clinton, they negotiated the ‘Agreed Framework,’ they called it, and it was the most gutless, fuzzy, non-specific, non-agreement really that you can imagine,” he said.

Trump has ‘unchecked authority’ to order a nuclear attack

  Trump has ‘unchecked authority’ to order a nuclear attack President Trump’s dire threat to North Korea that it risked “fire and fury like the world has never seen” sounded like a threat of nuclear war — and a president does have the power to order a nuclear attack, experts say. Trump has “unchecked authority to order the use of conventional or nuclear weapons against North Korea,” Bruce G. Blair, a nuclear security expert at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. said in an e-mail. “I believe that both options are being prepared right now.

expanding threat from North Korea .” (source). Currently, Alaska, part of Canada, and Hawaii are within range. Right now, experts don’t believe that North Korea could transport a nuclear warhead to the US mainland, however, Alaska and Hawaii are at risk.

(CNN) North Korea went on the offensive Friday, blasting the US for "aggression" in Asia, blaming Washington for its pursuit of nuclear weapons and threatening the US with "tremendous consequences beyond imagination."

Franks said he didn’t know the intent of Trump’s words, but said it could be a good deterrent against North Korea.

“Maybe (Trump) doesn’t speak diplomat, but I think the North Koreans understand that there’s no advantage for them to attack this country with the nuclear capability now because there won’t be enough left of their country for a dog to find if they do attack us,” Franks said.

Franks said he is pushing legislation for a space-based missile defense system.

“We have to make our enemies know that there is no gain, that there’s no plus, that there’s no upside in attacking the United States of America and a space-based missile defense capability would be a critical component to that equation,” he said.

The president’s remarks came in light of a report from the Washington Post that North Korea was capable of a nuclear strike against the United States.

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CIA director says Trump’s “fire and fury” warning wasn’t a red line .
CIA Director Mike Pompeo dismissed reports that North Korea’s nuclear and missile program are moving faster than previously thought. "That's actually not true," he said. "It's not moving faster than policymakers knew." Pompeo said that the U.S. was, "not at an imminent risk of an attack taking place today" from North Korea. "It's not something that is imminent and the American people should know that this administration is doing everything within its power, the president has enabled the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, to be sure that we're protecting America from this threat.

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