President Donald Trump being tested by North Korea

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “better things to do with his life” than taunt the United States and other world powers with development and testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to President Donald Trump.

President Trump also tweeted in early January of this year that “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S.” but that “it won’t happen!”

Apparently, it has happened, now that North Korea showed in a July 4 test that it has likely developed a ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. state of Alaska.

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The U.S. has been testing its missile defense system on response and preparing in Washington a range of “options” including military to deal with the rising North Korea threat and that’s a good thing since we know that current strategies are not working at all.

We’re concerned that President Trump communicates with and about North Korea on Twitter – it seems too risky of a forum when a nuclear threat is involved.

We’re also considered that the United States has strained relations with China when China is perhaps a key factor in squashing North Korea’s rising threat.

Nobody thinks North Korea is about to launch an all-out war — that would not have a good ending for the small country. But at this point, North Korea is winning the war of bullying, and now we are at a tipping point.

How President Trump and the U.S. respond from this point will be critical. So far, declaring on Twitter that Kim has “better things to do” and that “it won’t happen” isn’t working. If anything, it may be making the situation worse.