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Olympics could open North Korea -- Rex Tilley

Olympics could open North Korea -- Rex Tilley

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) backed away from an earlier claim that President Trump was acting more irresponsibly than North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

Ellison, the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, initially made the comment at a panel during the left-wing activist gathering Netroots Nation in Atlanta, Georgia.

"It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse", he added.

"You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", he said, referring to Trump. "Kim Jong Un - the world always thought he was not a responsible leader".

He said: "It's incredibly worrying the way in which Donald Trump has upped the ante as it were and I think what we need now is statesmanship, not brinkmanship. Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is".

CNN's Zakaria: Trump North Korea Threats 'The Art of the Bluff'
As the insanity increases and the threats between the US and North Korea escalate, might I make a suggestion. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is".

"We are working with the USA and our partners in the region to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end".

The comments come after Mr Trump said America was "locked and loaded' in readiness for war following the growing tensions over North Korea's refusal to end its nuclear weapons programme".

Worry about North Korea's progress toward working nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the president's talk of "fire and fury" being used to stop it, repeatedly emerged over the first two days of the conference.

The pictures were released by North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA on Saturday, along with a statement which said: 'The "sanctions resolution" is no more than the last-ditch efforts of those frightened by the might of [North Korea]'.

The missiles are created to carry nuclear weapons but it is not clear if the North has warheads small enough to fit on them, or the technology to bring them back to earth in one piece.


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