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Dems Slam Trump's 'Bombastic' NKorea Comments

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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. (AP Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 08:36 PM

Democrats slammed President Donald Trump's threat Tuesday to North Korea, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein saying the commander-in-chief "is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments."

"Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons," Feinstein, who has represented California since 1992, said in a statement. "And President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.

"There is no question that North Korea is seeking to add a nuclear warhead to an ICBM capable of reaching the United States.

"What this tells me is that our policy of isolating North Korea has not worked," she said. "The United States must quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions."

Feinstein is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

President Trump told reporters in New Jersey that further threats from Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Hours later, however, North Korea responded by saying it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.

Guam is 2,131 miles southeast of Pyongyang.

In addition, The Washington Post reported Tuesday the Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded North Korea has mini nuclear warheads that can fit inside its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Regarding President Trump's vow, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz took to Twitter to rip it as "unwise." The state is 4,661 miles from North Korea:

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the president's statements "were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgment to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts."

"We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war," Cardin told The Hill.

William Perry, who served as Defense Secretary under former President Bill Clinton, also bashed Trump on Twitter:

Further, Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear expert and former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory who has visited North Korea seven times since 2004, said President Trump's remarks "exacerbates" concerns about a showdown with Pyongyang.

"The greatest North Korean threat we face is not from a nuclear-tipped missile hitting the U.S. mainland, but from Washington stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean peninsula," he told Politico.

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