The former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta went warning to President Trump this week that his penchant toward reactive, volatile rhetoric are increasing the likelihood escalations with North Korea.
Panetta spoke with NBC News’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, and had the following to say:
“The words from the administration are creating even higher volume in terms of the provocations that are going on. I think we have got to be careful here. We should not engage in any precipitous action. There is a reason no U.S. president in recent history has pulled the trigger on North Korea.”
Positing what was really at stake with an unpredictable Kim Jong Un armed with nuclear capabilities, Panetta continued, “He added, “We have the potential for a nuclear war that would take millions of lives. So I think we have got to exercise some care here.”
Panetta’s warning to Trump comes on the heels a multiple reports that suggest the United States is prepared and willing to strike North Korea preemptively should they signal they are about to conduct a nuclear test. United States intelligence suggests they are finalizing preparations for such a test.