Published on 9 Aug 2017

US tensions with North Korea paint an eerie echo of time past

Asia Correspondent

It was on this day in 1945 as the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki President Truman spoke of a ‘rain of ruin’. The bomb’s code name was ‘fat man’.
In what may be an uncanny or deliberate echo of that. 72 years later President Trump has threatened North Korea with a ‘fire and fury’ response to Pyonyang’s warning that it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. That threat followed reports that North Korea had managed to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.