On the night before President Trump embarked on a diplomatic mission to Poland, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer commented on the possible response on the part of the United States to news that North Korea had launched another test missile that may have intercontinental abilities.

"If we still had the tactical nukes that we withdrew in 1991, that would be serious threat. That would be a way of saying you mess with us, we can have in place in theater tactical nukes that could hit your capital and your other assets. But in the absence of that, it's a very weak response," Krauthammer said.

"For 25 years, successive administrations have kicked the can down the road. We're at the end of the road," he added.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, I understand from James [Rosen]'s report the military options are rather scant. I think it's rather embarrassing that we should have had this immediate release of the video from the U.S. as a response. What the North Koreans have done is really to have crossed the Rubicon. And this is an entirely new phase. 

Once they have an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), they're obviously going to want to put a nuke on top. We're in a totally different world. And the video showing we have a surface to surface missile go 200 miles is a pathetic response. If we still had the tactical nukes that we withdrew in 1991, that would be serious threat. That would be a way of saying you mess with us, we can have in place in theater tactical nukes that could hit your capital and your other assets. But in the absence of that, it's a very weak response...

For 25 years, successive administrations have kicked the can down the road. We're at the end of the road.
 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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