Cheney backs Trump's aggressive stance on North Korea


Former Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes on Wednesday called President Trump's claims to have already modernized the USA nuclear arsenal "alarming" amid rising tensions with North Korea.

Between around 3am and 6am east coast time Wednesday, Trump, who is on what appears to be a "working vacation" at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, retweeted Fox and Friends social media posts five times.

After Trump spoke, apparently in response to USA military exercises near North Korea, the Pyonyang government warned it was considering a military strike against the United States' Pacific island territory of Guam.

Kim said the Guam action would be "an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity".

Barrasso struck a position between the other members of the Wyoming delegation, praising global diplomacy and noting that "we can't face this threat alone", while also using vague, if forceful, language.

Mr Trump went on to claim his first priority after being sworn into office had been "renovate and modernise" the country's array of nuclear weapons. Another included a video clip of Trump vowing to respond to North Korean threats with "fire and fury".

North Korea announced a detailed plan on Wednesday to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.

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Aboard his plane as he flew home from Asia, Mr Tillerson insisted the developments did not suggest the USA was moving closer to a military option to dealing with the crisis.

Trump and North Korea have been exchanging escalating threats, with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam. He added, "Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours".

'Americans should sleep well at night, ' Mr Tillerson said.

On Wednesday Tillerson told reporters that there is not thought to be "any imminent threat" from North Korea. In light of Trump's recent threat to meet continued North Korean nuclear threats with "fury and fire", which Humphrey likened to "pouring gasoline on fire", Humphrey argued that the "system of checks and balances" is not enough.

A day after evoking the use of overwhelming US military might, Trump touted America's atomic supremacy.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at a military base in Subang, Malaysia, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.