President Trump has been too aggressive in his handling of the North Korea situation, where a calm and sober approach is needed, suggests Jonathan Cristol of CNN. Kim Jong-un’s saber-rattling is growingly alarming, but Trump should have abstained from answering with his own threats. North Korea is highly unlikely to go through with a missile attack, which the U.S. president should have understood by now. Diplomacy and dialogue, which don’t mean appeasing the regime’s behavior, are the best way forward. Calm engagement may not guarantee a solution, but unlike provocation it doesn’t risk escalating tension and the likelihood of war.
After decades of ineffective diplomacy with North Korea that has resulted in the currently bad situation, President Trump’s new assertive approach is the best way forward, argues Roger L. Simon of PJ Media. News outlets that paint his handling of the situation in a bad light seem to be unwilling to admit that his tactics are productive. Calling North Korea’s bluff and signaling to China that such aggressive behavior will no longer be tolerated is producing results. China has the power to reign in North Korea and Trump is using its fear of conflict on its doorstep to make it act. Where Obama failed, Trump is finally taking vital steps forward.