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Sanders Attacks Trump Over North Korea

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Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has criticized President Donald Trump for his recent statements on the growing threat of North Korea's missile program.

Writing on Twitter Aug. 9, Sanders called for a "comprehensive diplomatic strategy to address the problem," The Hill reported.

Trump threatened North Korea with an attack in a statement on Aug. 8. The isolated regime has tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles since the beginning of July.

"Trump's bombastic rhetoric is not appropriate when we are dealing with the possibility of a nuclear war that could kill millions of people," wrote Sanders.

Sanders called for others within the administration to work on the issue.

"We need serious people at the [State Department] dealing with the issue of North Korea's development of nuclear weapons & missile capability," added Sanders.

Sanders also said it was necessary for the Trump administration to work with China and allies around the world to deescalate the situation.

In his Aug. 8 statement, Trump directed a warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before," said Trump.

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A day later, the president declared that he hoped America's nuclear weapons would not have to be used, before adding, "there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world."

Trump reportedly discussed his options prior to making his Aug. 8 statement with White House chief of staff John Kelly. Trump's threat to use "fire and fury," a senior White House official told The Washington Post, "was unexpected, but it wasn't surprising."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a more conciliatory tone. Speaking from Guam, he said "the American people should sleep well at night."

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language," added Tillerson.

Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a warning to the regime in what's officially called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth," stated Mattis. "The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates."

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons/ Embedded Images: Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of State/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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