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He said that delegates shouldn't take comfort in the system of checks and balances because the president alone has the authority to launch nuclear weapons.

Nauert said that the president spoke with his Secretary of State after Trump's "fire and fury" statements, but was unclear about whether the two men spoke before Trump made those comments.

Guam lies about 2,100 miles from the Korean Peninsula, and it's unlikely Kim's government would risk annihilation with a pre-emptive attack on US citizens.

After President Trump was inaugurated, it was noticed in various reports that due to decades of war and corruption, the United States military strength remains severely depleted.

Two of those retweets were of Fox's tweets of the president's own remarks on the North Korean diplomatic nuclear crunch point, as Trump chose to re-echo an echo from a friendly TV station of his own utterances.

One day earlier, during a short press availability with reporters at his Bedminster Golf Club, Trump promised further North Korean threats against the United States "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

South Korean President Criticized for 'Lax Attitude' on Nuclear Threat
Earlier in the day, South Korean authorities said Seoul would act against the North if the latter continued its provocations . Most recently, Pyongyang conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

He downplayed speculation that the threats move the us closer to a military option. The U.S. document reportedly assessed that the North had mastered the ability to fit a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson authorized the ban following the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen and student who was detained North Korea for 17 months before being released and evacuated home to Ohio.

Speaking earlier today on his way home from Asia, he credited Trump with sending a strong message to the North Korean leader on the "unquestionable" USA ability to defend itself, so as to prevent "any miscalculation".

The South Carolina lawmaker - a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - tells CBS' "This Morning" that war would be "horrific" and he believes "we're headed that way unless the world can stop North Korea". 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". It was also reported that defense secretary Jim Mattis was shocked at the level of low preparedness in USA forces.

This statement puts the onus on the Trump administration for avoiding war with North Korea, while disregarding one aspect of the controversy regarding the rogue state: Is North Korea, run by dictator Kim Jong Un, a rational actor?

Tillerson says that "Americans should sleep well at night".

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