USA claims to speak with one voice on N. Korea


Nauert says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to Trump for about an hour after Trump warned Tuesday of "fire and fury" if North Korea escalated its threats.

The independent intelligence and security news service DEBKA reports North Korea is now assessed to have up to 60 nuclear-capable missiles of varying ranges.

President Trump's warning to North Korea not to threaten the United States was clearly heard in Pyongyang.

The sanctions were in response to Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

On twitter Wednesday morning, President Trump said his first order as president was to renovate and modernize America's nuclear arsenal.and that it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.

In its annual assessment of worldwide threats, the intellligence community told USA lawmakers last May that "North Korea's export of ballistic missiles and associated materials to several countries, including Iran" was an illustration of "its willingness to proliferate unsafe technologies".

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North Korea has taken a major step forward in realizing its goal of becoming a nuclear power, according to the Washington Post.

"Today President Trump's reckless behavior and impulsive outburst undermined the security of the American people, and that of our friends and allies", Engel said on Tuesday.

The nuclear advances were detailed in an official Japanese assessment Tuesday and a later Washington Post story that cited US intelligence officials and a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency report.

These past comments from presidents - though severe - are dissimilar to President Trump's words on Tuesday, which gave the impression of being impulsive.

With all of the attention now going toward North Korea's apparent development of a nuclear warhead that can be placed on an ICBM, recent developments in the Middle East that are just as troubling seem to have been missed. The U.S. territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence also wouldn't discuss the report. "We are confident that there is no alternative to the resumption of the political process, in particular the six-party talks" between North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States.