President Trump promised to retaliate with “fire and fury” and claimed his own impressive arsenal of weapons was “locked and loaded” ready to hit North Korea, which sparked of World War 3.
Despite threats from the USA, North Korea have continued their controversial nuclear programme by testing what Pyongyang claims was a deadly nuclear weapon capable of being mounted to an intercontinental ballistic missile.
United States President Donald Trump left all options on the table when he was asked if he would react with military force to North Korea’s latest weapons test, telling reporters: “We’ll see.”
Donald Trump is a hard person to defend and he’s been appalling wrong-footed by Kim Jong-un
His Secretary of Defence General James Mattis warned the “total annihilation” of North Korea was just one of “many military options” being considered by Mr Trump’s White House administration.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the broadcaster’s veteran foreign affairs editor revealed just why 2017 could be history’s most dangerous time to be alive.
He said: “Donald Trump is a hard person to defend and he’s been appalling wrong-footed by Kim Jong-un over his whole crisis.
“He’s been made to look foolish in many ways, but I’m not certain he wants a nuclear war with all the horrors that it involves.
“I think if he did want a war it would be something much smaller and something he believed, perhaps wrongly, he could control.”
Despite believing Mr Trump will not start a nuclear conflict, Simpson admits there is a possibility the US President is backed into a corner where “bad things” could happen.
Simpson also revealed North Korea has boasted of an electromagnetic pulse weapon which could devastate the US economy rather than hurting human lives.
He added: “One of the things that the North Koreans have been boasting about an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which means firing a nuclear weapon up into the atmosphere and devastating the electrical grid of a country and all of its infrastructure.
“If something like that were to happen, I don’t think it is at all likely, but when North Korea is boasting about it, then, of course, the whole world would suffer if there was a major breakdown of the United States, China or somewhere else – that would be absolutely devastating to the world economy.
“There are serious dangers to the world economy, and I think this is why the Chinese are showing such signs of nervousness at the moment because they think that the world economy could be devastated if anything goes wrong at all.”
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