People wave banners and shout slogans as they attend a rally in support of North Korea's stance against the US, on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on August 9, 2017. AFP / KIM Won-Jin
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Donald Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea might have been written by Pyongyang's propaganda mavens, so perfectly does it fit the North's cherished claim that it is a victim of American aggression.There is also almost zero chance that the North will miss the opportunity to put its propaganda specialists to work topping Trump's threat of total war.Trump now confronts a problem that North Korea has long faced: Over-the-top threats are one thing, but what do you do when you can't back them up?North Korea will surely continue its nuclear bluster, but Trump cannot bring "fire and fury" without risking the destruction of Seoul, and the deaths of tens of thousands of U.S. troops and citizens in South Korea. Trump's comments also feed North Korea's craving for global attention.Before Trump's threat, the North's biggest recent example of so-called U.S. hostility was the joint military drills staged by allies Washington and Seoul.
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