Gore said that Trump "inherited a very unsafe situation" from previous world leaders and so should not be blamed entirely for the escalation, which most recently saw North Korea promising a plan to strike the us territory of Guam within days.
Max Fisher at the New York Times points out five reasons not to panic (paywall), including that "current American action, or lack thereof, sends a message of calm and caution, rather than 'fire and fury'".
Several key congressional leaders say they have yet to hear from the White House on the administration's North Korea strategy as President Donald Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric threatening "fire and fury" against Pyongyang. Oh, and he took some time off the greens today to bring the world to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea. "Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as which they have not yet seen".
U.S. President Donald Trump was able to get a unanimous United Nations resolution for sanctions against North Korea. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so". And that means for China - China doesn't want North Korea to become a nuclear weapons state.
To illustrate just how unbalanced he is, Kim has threatened to attack Guam in retaliation for Trump's remarks. The president's "reckless, ad-libbed threat to a nuclear-armed North Korea has put the entire world on edge".
"The one ray of hope here is that I'm not sure whether to believe Trump's nuclear saber-rattling, and neither are you", Colbert explained, referring to new polls showing broad distrust of the president.
What we need to do is work with China changing the equation, so that China enforces the sanctions that were just recently reinforced by the U.N. Security Council against North Korea, so that we can get North Korea to come to the bargaining table and give up their nuclear weapons.
"These are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the USA administration is handling this crisis", said Gore.
ZELDIN: You know, they don't have a good track record.
So it's - North Koreans, they do speak a different language than what we're - and Kim Jong Un does speak a different language than what we're used to here in the United States. As far as the president's words go, it's important for the North Koreans to know that all options are on the table for us and to re-engage with the global community to change their ways in the best interest not just of Kim Jong Un, but also of his regime and his people.
"So, as you can see, the vacation is really relaxing him. Go back to golfing before you kill all of us", Kimmel said. The camera pans over to Kellyanne. There's probably a little shop that sells range balls in the next room.
North Korean planners have announced they are "carefully examining" a plan for a missile attack on the big US military base on Guam. So they responded to the president's threat about not making any more threats with another threat.
Already, though, the foreign officials who spoke with VOA said Trump's use of rhetoric and social media has impacted the way they prepare their heads of state and other officials for trips to Washington.