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Foreign Relations Dem: North Korea is the modern-day Cuban missile crisis

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate receives official net neutrality notice from FCC EPA chief braces for grilling from Senate Dems Trump’s former chemical safety nominee leaving EPA MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday compared the United States' current standoff with North Korea to a “modern-day Cuban missile crisis.”

Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” that the situation with North Korea is reaching a dangerous point because of the potential harm North Korea could inflict in the region.

“We have a country with nuclear weapons that can be aimed at our 29,000 troops in the demilitarized zone, that can be aimed at 25 million South Koreans within a 30-mile radius of the demilitarized zone,” Markey said.

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“If this is not handled properly and it escalates out of control, we could trip a cross wire that we can’t even see right now and begin an entanglement that turns military and then escalates out of our control very quickly,” he added.

President Trump issued a stern warning to North Korea not to continue its threats of nuclear attacks Tuesday, saying the country “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

North Korea, in turn, threatened a preliminary missile strike against the U.S. territory Guam over Trump’s warning.