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By David Seedhouse
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HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?

HOW DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?

Yesterday North Korea tested a missile: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/29/donald-trump-on-north-korea-all-options-are-on-the-table

Donald Trump said in a written statement. “This regime has signalled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the United Nations , and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour.

“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table.”

The USA repeatedly tests missiles: www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-nuclear-idUSKCN0VZ02R . According to Reuters in February 2016: www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-nuclear-idUSKCN0VZ02R '

'The U.S. military test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a week on Thursday night, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia and North Korea.

The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who witnessed the launch, said the U.S. tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, send a message to strategic rivals like Russia, China and North Korea that Washington has an effective nuclear arsenal.

“That’s exactly why we do this,” Work told reporters before the launch.

“We and the Russians and the Chinese routinely do test shots to prove that the operational missiles that we have are reliable. And that is a signal ... that we are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of our country if necessary.”'

Is this hypocrisy? Or is there more to this than posturing?

It is proposed that it is hypocritical to condemn one nation for testing missiles when you do the same thing

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