WASHINGTON DC – Rising global tensions and President Donald J. Trump’s recent statements on the international scene are raising concerns over the possibility of a third world war.

In less than a month since his inauguration, Trump’s position regarding Iran, Russia, and North Korea is starting to cast some doubt on his initial isolationist agenda. This agenda was among the main difference between him and Hilary Clinton in the presidential race, and among the main reasons that motivated his supporters.

Among Trump’s first decisions in the White House was putting Iran “on notice” after the White house claimed that Iran supposedly violated the spirit of the 2015 nuclear agreement with their recent missile test. On the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal, the Iranian foreign minister states that “Iran and the European countries will not accept”.

At the same time, Trump has been continuously denying any relations with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, tweeting “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy”. That comes in contrast to comments in reference to Putin as recent as 2015 when he claimed to have gotten to know him very well. While it is not currently possible to discern the truth about the existence of deals because Trump refused to disclose his tax returns, he appears to side with Russia on the conflict of Ukraine.

Furthermore, Trump continues on his collision path with North Korea. Before his inauguration, Trump responded to North Korea’s supposed claim of being close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by tweeting that the US will not stand for it. US Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, during his South Korea visit that the US would respond effectively and overwhelmingly to any nuclear threat by North Korea and assured the US allies, South Korea and Japan, of the government’s commitment to their mutual defense.

The commonality between each of this issues is the continued vagueness of Trump’s agenda even after his inauguration. Despite the supposed assertiveness of his statements and hard-line appearance, Trump has continued to conceal exactly how intends to respond. This atmosphere of secrecy can be considered as the most dangerous because it allows rumors to flourish with nothing either confirming or comforting rising concerns.

– Lamyae Elkoussy, Correspondent (Politics)

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