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Trump’s “fire and fury” threat plays straight into Kim Jong-un’s hands

Trump's threat to rain fire on North Korean plays directly into the regime’s survival story. There is no victory for anybody here

By Isabel Hilton  

The danger is that Donald Trump will begin to believe his own Twitter feed should be policy. Photo: Gage Skidmore

It is unlikely that Donald Trump is fully aware of it, but his threat to rain fire on North Korean plays directly into the regime’s survival story.  North Korea was born in a sea of fire: between 1950 and 1953 the US dropped one bomb on Pyongyang for every inhabitant of the city. By the end, three-quarters of the North Korean capital was destroyed and three million people were dead. 

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