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".
Though Trump repeated his refrain that if North Korea made good on its plans to fire missiles near Guam, "there's gonna be big, big trouble in North Korea", he ultimately struck a more positive note. "The Congressmembers indicate their strong support for Tillerson's recent statements calling for direct talks with North Korea and offering assurances that our country is not their enemy and does not seek war or regime change", the letter said.
"We're going to draw it up and we're going to make it a national emergency".
"I saw a lot of things that I shouldn't have to see in your lifetime", he said. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so".
"I think it's only fair to point out he inherited this crisis", Mr. Gore told Newsweek. "I got a lot of votes", he said. And China can help us in convincing North Korea they don't need nuclear weapons in order to do that.
The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability.
The North Korean nuclear issue needs a peaceful resolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Saturday, and called on the "relevant side" to exercise restraint, state television said. The Trump administration has definitely not exhausted the option of diplomacy.
"Kim Jong Un freezes any nuclear tests and any missile launches - we mean ballistic missiles - and the US and South Korea freeze large-scale military exercises", Lavrov said, adding that North Korea regularly uses the drills to justify its missile tests and nuclear program.
He said he wouldn't discuss any potential military options, but he did say the USA would retaliate if North Korea attacks Guam, which is a US territory.
"Hopefully we will never have to use this power", he wrote, "but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" They have not articulated it to the American people. The president has been in this back-and-forth, a kind of public feud with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. So it's a very bad place for America to be in when our executive branch doesn't seem to know what it's doing. So now you have the problem where you've got Trump potentially backing himself into a corner with all these threats.