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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Rasmussen Minute: North Korean Nuclear Showdown

President Trump received a dire warning from his predecessor, President Obama, about a major national security threat he'd face upon entering the Oval Office: the impulsive dictator of a nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong Un, who is suspected of assassinating his own half-brother, executing his uncle and disposing of high-ranking military officials at will.

Unlike Obama, however, Trump has decided to confront this threat head-on, dispatching what he called a “very powerful” armada to the Korean Peninsula as a sign of strength and a show of solidarity with the United States’ allies in the region, South Korea and Japan.

Undeterred by a recent and embarrassing failed missile test, and despite the massive show of American force heading to his shores, Kim has vowed to continue his missile tests in pursuit of an intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry a nuclear warhead to the United States.

As tensions continue to rise, the world remains fixated on the nuclear showdown between North Korea and the United States, the subject of the week's Rasmussen Minute.