Given all the bellicose rhetoric lobbing back and forth between Washington and Pyongyang, you'd think we were viewing a low-budget war propaganda flick.

"American bastards would not be very happy with this [nuclear] gift sent on the July 4 anniversary," threatened the regime of communist dictator Kim Jong Un.

The boy king later asserted that the US would pay "the harshest price" for challenging North Korean missile tests, despite the repeated failures of several missiles at launch.

President Trump fired back this week with a brave new warning:

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with Fire and Fury like the world has never seen,” the president tweeted.

In another tweet, Trump roared: “He [Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement. And, as I said, they will be met with Fire, Fury, and frankly Power the likes of which this World has never seen before. Thank you.”

The war of words continues unrelentingly. This time, however, the strained tenor of the US response points like a compass needle toward one increasingly likely outcome -- US military conflict with the DPRK.

A war with the DPRK would be a war America certainly would win, but at the risk of the US becoming embroiled in a much wider conflict. Does neutralizing the North Korean nuclear threat justify the possibility of starting World War III? Is the DPRK suicidal?

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently told Congress an all-out war with North Korea would be fought at "great cost" to both sides.

Michael O'Hanlon, a senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, put the cost in terms of massive casualties.

"To initiate military options takes you from a world of zero casualties to a world of tens of thousands in a best case, and quite possibly a million or more, especially if they use nuclear weapons," said O'Hanlon, as quoted in the Daily Star UK.

Threats are cheap until someone acts on them. Given the present climate of escalating tension with North Korea, all US options are on the table and all bets are on the probability of war.

What is your reaction to the latest threats coming from North Korea and President Trump's response? Is there still a chance that war can be avoided? Share with us your thoughts about this important topic in the comment section below.

Source: Liberty Writers

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