"But certainly I think that unless we seriously provoke the North Koreans into believing that we're coming after their leadership or indeed the survival of things as they know it then we shouldn't expect that the North Koreans are going to conduct a major provocation without any sort of prompting".
Second, the odd relationship between the two countries shouldn't continue, of course, because the USA just isn't really looking for anything serious at the moment.
Having come out with that kind of rhetoric from the presidential level raises the ante, and what we have always done in the past is take the rhetoric from North Korea with a grain of salt. "I'm not saying what we have isn't special, but we're not exclusive", Colbert said to audience laughs. "The president also has the power in the Constitution to defend the USA and take all necessary measures if we are threatened, I struggle to understand how there would be a threat so grave that the preemptive response from this administration would be a nuclear bomb". "The United States, we sanction a lot of other countries, OK?"
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", President Trump told reporters Tuesday.
However, when talking about North Korea this week, Trump's statement threatening North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" is nothing to joke about. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before. He also noted that, even without a nuclear conflict, millions of lives could be in danger if Kim Jong-un were to use other weapons in his arsenal. "And I just started "The Handmaid's Tale"!" "You'll get us all killed", Colbert warned. Chances are, he doesn't want to live in one.