‘Not helpful,’ Donald: World reaction to Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comments
New Zealand’s premier admonished him for remarks “not helpful” in a “very tense” environment. Australia’s prime minister said “maximum economic pressure” was the only way to deal with North Korea. In Japan, where Nagasaki was marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city, Mayor Tomihisa Taue said anxiety was spreading “that in the not too distant future these weapons could be used again.”
A day after President Trump vowed to respond to North Korea “with fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued to threaten the U.S militarily, many world leaders have yet to weigh in on Trump’s comments. However, those that have appear to view the president’s rhetoric as more likely to escalate the situation than to settle it.
“Everyone wants to avoid military confrontation, and the path ahead there is for North Korea to comply with UN sanctions and for international pressure to push them in that direction,” New Zealand’s leader Bill English told his country’s media Wednesday.