Trump Receives Briefing On North Korea As Tensions Escalate

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Trump Receives Briefing On North Korea As Tensions Escalate

The president had been told about a Washington Post story on North Korea's progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads so that they could fit on top of a ballistic missile, and was in a bellicose mood, according to a person who spoke with him before he made the statement.

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President Donald Trump's tweet about modernizing the USA nuclear arsenal is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

"Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you".

The war of words between the US and Pyongyang reached a tipping point Wednesday when President Trump's warning of "fire and fury" against the burgeoning nuclear power was met with a threat to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Although at least nine nations have nuclear weapons, the only time nuclear bombs have been used was during World War II, when the United States bombed two Japanese cities, incinerating about 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and forcing Japan's surrender.

Jim Carafano, a Heritage Foundation scholar who advised Trump's transition team on foreign policy, said the messages conveyed to North Korea were aimed at different audiences: Trump to the American people, Tillerson to the diplomatic community and Mattis to the military establishment.

While McMaster and others consider North Korea a preeminent threat that requires a tough response, Bannon and others in the nationalist wing argue that it is really just a subset of the administration's conflict with China and that Trump should not give more prominence to an unstable rogue operator like Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader. "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before".

"Well, you'll see. You'll see". "And he'll see", he said.

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Trump responded to that development by threatening to unleash " fire and fury " on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S.

"My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed". They need to at least try diplomacy before they even consider going down the dark and bloody path of a catastrophic war.

While Trump's comments have been criticized as incendiary by some political opponents, foreign governments and experts, they have been supported by others.

Question: "what would be tougher than fire and fury?".

Dwayne Crawford, a Vietnam veteran, said he believes the USA must stand firm in the face of continued threats. "The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity".

Trump demonstrated his interest in the nuclear arsenal before taking office, tweeting in December that "the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is no "imminent threat" from North Korea, despite Trump's remarks the day before. "I got a lot of votes", he said.

MARTIN: The president has gotten a lot of criticism from Democrats and Republicans, members of his own party, for exacerbating the tension with North Korea by making statements like the one we just heard.

"We need fewer fiery words and bombastic tweets from the president and his cable TV surrogates and more effort to work with our worldwide partners to expand missile defenses and deterrence and create a strategy to roll back North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs". "Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?"

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