Parsing Tough Rhetoric On North Korea 15:00 Download

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Last night on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert spoke about the missile crisis in North Korea that everyone's getting anxious about.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who has backed legislation to require Congressional approval before a president could launch a preemptive nuclear strike, tweeted last night, "No U.S. President, certainly not Trump, should have sole authority to initiate an unprovoked #nuclearwar". If Donald Trump is even remotely thinking of making some kind of attack on North Korea, no one on earth will be safe from the fallout - and we mean that both literally and figuratively. Donald Trump threatened fire and fury like the world has never seen. "I don't want to be an alarmist, but we are all going to die".

"They didn't vote for Trump, just like most Americans". "The president also has the power in the Constitution to defend the USA and take all necessary measures if we are threatened, I struggle to understand how there would be a threat so grave that the preemptive response from this administration would be a nuclear bomb".

Stephen Colbert knows that some of his viewers rely on him to provide the news of day, albeit with a few jokes thrown into the mix.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells CNN's Anderson Cooper that strong rhetoric towards North Korea from the United States presidential level "raises the ante" on Kim Jong Un, who has made similar threats.

Colbert then played a montage of Trump saying numerous variations of the phrase "the likes of which this world has never seen before". Or is the United States moving closer to all out war?

"Shh! Shut up! OK?"

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