But while the schoolboy insults were bandied to the amusement of the world, there were also real threats of serious violence by players who at least in theory had the power to follow through if they chose to. Trump said ominously that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded." He threatened to unleash "fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before." In one speech he vowed to "totally destroy North Korea." Kim made equally rash threats.
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A freeze would worry Japan as it would "lock in North Korea's limited nuclear capacity and its existing capacity to hit Japan and South Korean targets while the U.S. is out of range," said Brad Glosserman, a visiting professor at Tama University. "It would legitimize Kim Jung Un in ways that Japan doesn't want to see."
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