After yet another provocation from North Korea this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an icy message that definitely got their attention.
According to The Daily Caller, the North Koreans launched another missile into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, the latest in a series of tests that have put the world on edge.
In a three-sentence statement, Tillerson warned North Korea in an unusual, but rather effective, way.
“North Korea launched another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea,” the statement read. “We have no further comment.”
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The media, surprisingly, didn’t seem to get it. CNN even ran a piece called “Rex Tillerson’s incredibly odd and confusing statement on North Korea” in which the Clinton News Network actually had to ask what it meant.
“The statement reads, to channel Winston Churchill, like a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. It’s Ernest Hemingway but for complicated and delicate matters of foreign policy. It’s, in a (hyphenated) word, a head-scratcher,” CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote.
I suppose I shouldn’t expect much from the same people who don’t believe that the Susan Rice “unmasking” scandal is a big story, but I think that President Donald Trump’s administration has been particularly clear on its North Korea policy from the outset.
CNN itself reported just a few weeks ago that Tillerson had said “the policy of strategic patience has ended” in regards to North Korea and that military action was possible against dictator Kim Jong Un and his government “(i)f they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action.”
This past weekend, Trump himself said in an interview that “if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” according to Reuters.
The administration has made it clear: It is going to take a much more active role in North Korea, and that role is likely going to involve less talking and more doing. That’s bad news for Lil’ Kim and the North Korean totalitarian regime.
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