Regarding Trump’s Fire and Fury Comment

As you may have read, new intelligence has emerged indicating North Korea now has the capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons. That, combined with North Korea’s consistent disregard for international law and unsanctioned nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, put our country at risk.

Rather than tamp down the crisis, President Trump escalated it by saying “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

This week’s tough sanctions, imposed unanimously by the UN Security Council, was the right next step. They will cost North Korea $1 billion annually and may help push North Korea to pull back from its dangerous path.

My years as both an Ambassador at the UN and Deputy National Security Advisor, however, tell me that Trump’s statements yesterday are both dangerous and irresponsible.

Throwing gas on this fire is an ill-advised escalation—and one that is simply contrary to smart diplomacy. While force remains on the table, this path where the international community increases pressure on North Korea must be tried first.

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We need smart diplomacy to pull back from the brink, not erratic actions that simply escalate the crisis. We need a President who understands diplomacy and its value in preserving our national security. Equally important, we need a Congress that knows how and when to stand up to keep us safe.

Thank you.

– Nancy Soderberg