11 August, 2017
But Mr Trump doubled down on Thursday, saying: "It's about time someone stood up for the people of our country". On Thursday, again speaking from his golf club in New Jersey, he praised his diplomats for the "great job" they did in getting the latest sanctions resolution passed.
"The Strategic Force is also considering the plan for opening to the public the historic enveloping fire at Guam, a practical action targeting the US bases of aggression", the North said in a report carried Thursday by its official Korean Central News Agency.
The President was speaking after a meeting with security advisers following North Korea's threat to fire missiles towards the United States territory of Guam.
"How often to do you see France, China, Russia, the USA voting unanimously on any issue?"
Tillerson, who refueled in Guam while flying home from Southeast Asia, said Trump was determined to send an unequivocal message to Kim. "I never do", he said. "Kim Jong-un keeps doing this and making us worry", she said.
The president's bellicose language, in matching that of North Korean autocrat Kim Jong Un, has heightened tensions and fear among Americans and allies of a nuclear confrontation with a volatile adversary.
Mattis pointed out the United Nations Security Council's unanimous vote last week to characterize North Korea's statements as a "threat to the world's community".
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also issued a stark warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang it should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people".
"I don't think it's particularly helpful when it's direct rhetorical threats", Lisa Collins, Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
FBI agents combed through the home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, as part of an investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump's team helped.
The war of words between the two nations was sparked by reports that North Korea had successfully miniaturised a nuclear weapon to place atop a ballistic missile. It's unclear how accurate the North can be when launching intermediate-range missiles, putting Guam's 160,000 residents in danger.
"The people of our country are safe", Trump said. "I took over a mess and we're going to make it a lot less messy".
"We don't talk about that".
"I think China can do a lot more, yes". It's not going to continue like that.
"Sure, we'll always consider negotiations". It also elaborated on a threat to attack the tiny US Pacific territory of Guam.
"I'm 100 percent confident that if President Trump had to use military force to deny the North Koreans the capability to strike America with a nuclear-tipped missile, he would do that", Mr Graham added.