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Why D.C. Should Stop Freaking Out About Rex Tillerson’s North Korea Statement

D.C. went crazy over Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's terse, 22-word statement on North Korea. Why it's not worth freaking out about.

By NTK Staff | 04.05.2017 @1:20pm
Why D.C. Should Stop Freaking Out About Rex Tillerson’s North Korea Statement

On Tuesday, North Korea tested a ballistic missile, just the latest in a flurry of recent weapons tests by the rogue regime. The State Department responded with a terse statement from Secretary Rex Tillerson:

North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.

Washington, D.C. freaked out. CNN‘s Chris Cillizza said he is “confused,” and compared Tillerson to Ernest Hemingway. Quartz analyzed “no comment” reactions, and shared tweets from other Twitter influencers who were bewildered. An adviser to Hillary Clinton responded “Wtf.”

Many of these reactions fail to take a simple approach to Tillerson’s statement: take it at face value.

President Trump and the State Department have condemned North Korean tests time and time again, and no public condemnation stops the next test. The North Korean regime has stepped up its tests in the age of Donald Trump.

It’s possible that the State Department seeks to take talks behind the scenes, especially as Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.

Regardless, D.C. should remember that strongly-worded statements have not solved the North Korea problem for decades, and they won’t solve the problem now.

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