Thursday February 27, 2020

Tension mounts as Trump and Kim play nuclear chicken

The long-running animosity between the US and North Korea has been ratcheted sharply upwards after a week of mutual sabre-rattling

16th April, 2017
A huge military parade was held in central Pyongyang yesterday to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung, grandfather of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Picture: Getty

Like a monkey with a machine-gun, US president Donald Trump has discovered that military firepower can provide a useful, even diverting break from the tedium of failed domestic policies and White House in fighting. But the analogy doesn’t stop there: his use of air strikes in Syria and Afghanistan over the past ten days has been as erratic and unpredictable as a primate holding an AK-47; and now, with North Korea in his cross-hairs, as...

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