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North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

February 16, 2017
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Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, and Vladimir Putin.
Photo illustration by Sofya Levina. Images by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, KCNA/Getty Images, Alexandros Avramis/Getty Images.

America’s enemies are probing the new president.

North Korea is building a missile that can reach the United States. The missile could carry a nuclear warhead. The test violates U.N. resolutions. It is not the first time North Korea challenged the world.

When the test took place, Trump was meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. Trump said the U.S. backed Japan. He said, “America stands by Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.” Prime Minister Abe issued a strong response to the missile test.

Trump said nothing about the threat to the U.S. He said nothing about a U.S. response. The test came less than two days after Trump spoke about North Korea. At that time, Trump said that defending the U.S. from North Korean missiles was a “very, very high priority.”

During the campaign, Trump said he admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia pays close attention to politics in the U.S. Russia also is testing the new U.S. president.

Russia is developing a new cruise missile weapon. The weapons threaten Europe. This comes after Russia annexed the Crimea and has been interfering in the Ukraine. The new cruise missile weapons violate a 1987 treaty. Russia denies it is violating the treaty.

Experts see it as a direct challenge to NATO. NATO is a European-American mutual defense treaty. An attack on any NATO member is an attack on all.

U.S. foreign policy is in disarray.

What will happen next between the U.S, Russia and North Korea?

The Trump government is in crisis. Trump fired the head of the National Security Council. The F.B.I. is looking into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian contacts.

Reports of a Russian jet plane buzzing a U.S. Destroyer are coming in. A Russian submarine was seen off the coast of Connecticut. The U.S. and Russia are not about to have a military encounter. It may be that Russia just want to rattle our government. Trump has not yet done anything to respond.

Sources: The New York Times February 11, 2017 and February 14, 2017

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