I'm not worried about North Korea launching nuclear weapons, but I am worried about the Trump Administration.

I am worried about the Trump Administration because we have a U.S. President who is improvising policy and threats on the use of the most dangerous weapon ever developed – and then doubling down on those threats.

President Trump improvised comments saying that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

After North Korea then threatened the U.S. territory of Guam, whose residents are unable to vote in federal elections, Defense Secretary James Mattis doubled down on the threat, saying "The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."

In case you were wondering: that's nearly threatening a genocide of the North Korean people, who cannot be held accountable for the actions of this regime which has systematically oppressed them for decades. Genocide is defined as widespread and systematic violence, with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a recognizable group of people, for example, based on their nationality.

All of these threats are based off of the rhetoric of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, and demonstrably incomplete intelligence on its nuclear weapons program.

According to numerous reports, North Korea may or may not have miniaturized a nuclear warhead to where it could arm a delivery system like an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, but North Korea likely has not acquired the technology to fire a nuclear-tipped missile that would be able to re-enter the earth's atmosphere intact.

These facts are buried in reports that lead with escalating tensions, for example in this article from The Guardian, or as this New York Times article says:

And, while we're worried about one nuclear weapon, North Korea is worried about the hundreds of U.S. nuclear weapons on ready-launch status that can be deployed within 10 minutes of President Trump giving the launch codes.

The United States has the clear strength in arms and has the obligation to pursue diplomacy before pursuing war. But the United States is keeping diplomacy off the table. The same week that Trump issued his "fire and fury" threat, North Korean diplomats met with diplomats from China, Russia and South Korea, four of the six parties of the six-party talks to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

So, when Secretary Tillerson says that the U.S. can talk to North Korea when it stops missile tests, he's leaving diplomacy to the rest of the world and keeping the United States committed to war.

That's why I'm much more worried about the U.S. starting a nuclear war than the possibility of North Korea launching a nuclear weapon. We need to stand up to this Administration and to Congress now with one demand: NO NUCLEAR WAR.

Here are ways for you to take action now:

  1. Tell Your Representatives to Sponsor HR669/S.200 to Take Nuclear Weapons Out of Trump's Hands & Remove the Ammo From His Threats

    Our Representatives in the House and Senate have the opportunity today to take nuclear weapons out of Trump's hands by co-sponsoring and passing HR669/S200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons act. It would ensure that nuclear weapons cannot be launched on a whim, but that Congress must debate any possible use of the most dangerous weapon in the world, which was outlawed by 122 nations at the United Nations this July. Call Your House Representative and Senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to co-sponsor HR669/S200 today.

  2. Buffalo Event: Vigil Against War & Stand for a Nuclear-Free Future and Against Wars  
    Saturday, August 12 from 1-2PM at Bidwell Park, BIdwell Parkway & Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.

    Signs welcome; some on hand. Come stand against war and war-mongering – so bad for all; and stand for a Nuclear Free Future. Sponsored by the Interfaith Peace Network and the WNY Peace Center. 

  3. New York City-area Events: No War with North Korea!

    Friday, August 11

    7-8PM/Staten Island: Vigil for Peace with North Korea in Front of Rep. Donovan's Office
    265 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, 10305

    Join us for a vigil in front of Rep. Dan Donovan's office on Staten Island to call for peace talks with North Korea. Tell our elected leaders to "Negotiate, Don't Escalate." Bring your signs and banners.

    Sunday, August 13

    11AM – 1PM/Brooklyn: Rally for Peace and Sanity
    (Grand Army Plaza). Sponsored by Indivisible Nation BK, Indivisible Brooklyn and NY Indivisible
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    Monday, August 14

    12 – 1PM/Manhattan: Rally at the United Nations Headquarters to Stop U.S. Provocations Aimed at North Korea
    (1st Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets, Across from the UN) Sponsored by UNAC-NYC
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    5 – 8PM/Manhattan: Protest at Trump Tower – No More, No War: Tell Trump to End His Threats of Nuclear War Now!
    (Trump Tower New York, 5th Avenue between 56th & 57th)
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