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North Korea and Iran aren’t comparable – but Trump can’t tell the difference

The Conversation
September 26, 2017
By Moritz Pieper

“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” said Donald Trump at his first address to the UN General Assembly on September 19. Referring to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and his nuclear sabre-rattling, he fulminated that if “forced to defend itself or its allies”, the US “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”. This marked an escalation in the war of words between the US president and the North Korean leadership and came some two weeks after North Korea’s sixth nuclear bomb test. This should not be dismissed as mere bluster. The words presidents use matter, because they can shape new political realities.
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