Asia balks at Donald Trump’s promise of ‘fire and fury’

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A man walks by a TV news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Tokyo on Wednesday. AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

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Overnight reviews from Asia weren’t kind to President Donald Trump’s Wednesday’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea didn’t stop threatening the United States. From USA Today:

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.”

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On the other hand, one of Trump’s top evangelical advisers, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, refused to blink at the prospect of Armageddon:

“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.”

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