This writer is presently a member of the Labour Party in the UK and according to Reuters itself he was also a very long-term employee covering international events. Reuters STILL disavows his opinions, here, which are sobering because they fit the available facts in hand.
North Korea is now capable of nuking Japan. Unless the U.S. stands up to that, or unless Japan arms itself with nukes, there is nothing to prevent North Korean atrocities.
North Korea has been a thorn in the side of the United States since the days of Harry S. Truman. The Korean War came dangerously close to sparking a nuclear confrontation, with the White House preventing U.S. commander Douglas MacArthur from using atomic weapons to stop the Chinese and North Korean armies. Under Pyongyang’s current leader Kim Jong-un, it is reaching what may be its most dangerous point since then.http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-korea-trump-commentary-idUSKBN15S1RZ
Washington’s foreign policy establishment has a host of disagreements with Trump. They think he is wrong on immigration, too soft on Russia, too dangerously hawkish on China. On North Korea they are in the same hole as he is with no real ideas about how to get out.
This is a crisis everyone has seen coming. That’s why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been so desperate to court Trump, visiting him even before the inauguration. As North Korea launched an intermediate medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, Abe was once again with the president – this time on a golf and bonding trip to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida retreat.
Shinzo Abe, at least according to the Japan Times, is their version of a right-winger --- one without an effective arsenal. Is Trump insane enough to spark World War III by giving nukes to the people who started World War II?