12 August, 2017
The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability.
"The American people should sleep well at night", he said. That was followed by the release of photos showing North Korea had a miniature nuclear weapon that could fit in a missile head.
Talking about the residents of Guam, U.S. President Donald Trump said, "I feel that they will be very safe".
But that's what Trump did this week, and even North Korea-the potential adversary in the aforementioned nuclear war-was critical of the golf outing. China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs. What he's thinking can change depending on the day of the week.
Seemingly unimpressed, North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un and military came back the same day with a threat to teach America a "severe lesson", and sent word through the state news agency that plans are being dusted off for missile strikes against USA military bases on the Pacific island territory of Guam. "I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the fantastic Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical". Using the initials for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, he added: "The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates".
But Trump's words - and his apparent spontaneous bluster - still stood out.
The piece of paper, as it turned out, was a fact sheet on the opioid crisis he had come to talk about, and his ominous warning to Pyongyang was entirely improvised.
KK: Describe what you think the solution is to the North Korea issue.
The current standoff and the Cuban one more than a half century ago, however, differ in almost all important respects but one - both featured new presidents being tested by a high-stakes confrontation involving nuclear weapons.
MARTIN: Let me ask you on that in seconds remaining - are you convinced that China will stick to these sanctions?
"The size of our ICBM force has gone down under this administration", not because of the president's efforts, but because it was already under way, Harrison, the defense analyst, said.
Trump signed an executive order in January directing the Pentagon to do a new nuclear posture review - a standard move for incoming administrations.
"But we will see what happens".
Bannon's allies in the alt-right media and activist groups have been waging a ferocious public attack against McMaster, characterizing him as soft on issues like Iran, Israel, and terrorism and promoting a hashtag #FireMcMaster. And experts telling ABC News, North Korea does not appear to be preparing any new missile launches.
Three officials familiar with the discussion said Trump did not mention the words "fire and fury" during his discussion with new chief of staff John Kelly and others.