North Korea's strategic force is "seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdict the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.", according to the Korean Central News Agency in English. And Trump's boasting only added to the confusion over his administration's approach to dealing with North Korea's expanding nuclear capabilities on a day when his top national security aides wavered between messages of alarm and reassurance.
Spicer responded Congress would be notified, but said the President would "utilize the powers under Article II of the Constitution", which covers the Executive Branch.
Trump expressed hope that the U.S. would not have to use this "power", but remained confident in the strength of the country. But they do not include the one measure thought likely to cause Mr Kim real difficulty: a curb on the North's imports of oil. To do otherwise invites potentially catastrophic consequences. While the strong phrasing worries observers, harsh words in and of themselves don't necessarily mean calamity ahead.
One needn't look too far back in history for parallels.
Today's force is largely the same as the one Trump inherited on Jan. 20.
What Kim shares with The Donald is their mutual megalomania. Fellow Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the situation needs diplomacy, "not saber rattling".
The U.S. nuclear arsenal is kept in harness for one purpose only: deterrence. Though, in this case, seemingly not attained.
A week after taking office, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces".
Washington has been testing its missile defenses in response to the North's stepped-up development and the current escalation of tensions could lead to pressure for the U.S. military to try to shoot down the North's missiles in midflight if they are heading toward Guam. "We've had conversations with allies, and they agree that the idea of imminence can't just mean right as a weapon is lifting off the launchpad", Ms. Deeks said.
What constitutes imminence has been further muddied by terrorist groups, cyberattacks and other more nebulous threats. But his lack of precision worries close observers of North Korea.
Mattis's statements on Wednesday add to the increasingly heated rhetoric between North Korea and the United States. "The two is a very dangerous mixture". "It is not helpful".
"North Korea's provocative actions, including on this occasion, are a clear threat to the region and the international community and can absolutely not be tolerated", Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
Trump, too, has earned a reputation for exaggeration and sometimes unsubstantiated policy directives, often delivered via Twitter. "His pathology here puts us at great risk". "To use unprecedented, inflammatory language, to threaten war on North Korea because they make threats, undermines the work the US is trying to do to keep the Chinese on board".
Tens of thousands of North Koreans gathered for a rally at Kim Il Sung Square carrying placards and propaganda slogans as a show of support for their rejection of the United Nations' latest round of sanctions on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Masao Okonogi, professor emeritus at Japan's Keio University, said the North Korean reports suggested Pyongyang was issuing a warning or advance notice of changes to its missile testing programme rather than threatening an attack.
MOUSE HOUSE: Disney dropped 3.8 percent a day after the media giant reported a weak quarter and said it would pull its movies from Netflix and start two of its own video streaming services. Sure, Kim has displayed signs of irrational behavior himself with his repeated nuclear-weapons tests and launching of ballistic missiles.
Some of those voters acknowledged Trump's erraticism yet voted for him anyway. At times, the White House has tried to deprive North Korea of the attention experts believe its erratic leader seeks with each nuclear test. But as the North's capacity has continued to increase, Trump and some of his advisers have weighed in with increasingly alarmist rhetoric. The distinction makes all the difference.
That is a matter of debate. "That's the last thing we want". "The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", he said.