Trump flexes military muscle amid growing tension on world stage

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) The Commander-in-chief is taking military action, making several big moves during his first 100 days in office.

President Trump's use of force in Syria and Afghanistan, in combination with threats of unilateral action toward North Korea is raising now raising tensions across the globe.

“We're really not interested in fighting World War III, but we are interested in showing people that you shouldn't be messing with us in our interests in these part of the world," said James Carafano with the Heritage Foundation.

Carafano says President Trump's use of deadly force is intended to prevent conflict, not escalate it.

Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea this week, following North Korea's failed missile launch. Carafano says the move highlights the administration's foreign policy strategy.

"The reality is that most problems around the world require a combination of instruments and you want to use them in balance," he explained.

Critics are calling the president’s increasing military action and threats dangerous, arguing that all the tough talk is only adding fuel to the fire when it comes to dealing with nations like North Korea.

“The Trump Administration has said all options are on the table with respect to North Korea," said Daryl Kimball, with the Arms Control Association. "That means theoretically that preemptive options are one of the options on the table."

Kimball says he's concerned the president is trying to project unpredictability, with an opponent who won't back down.

“This is a very dangerous situation that we need to address now before it gets worse, that kind of unpredictability could lead to unintended consequences and catastrophe," Kimball said.

The U.S. has nearly 30,000 troops stationed in South Korea and recently began installing a missile defense system to protect the country.

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