Trump Says US Ready To Use Nuclear Weapons

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Asked whether President Donald Trump's escalating rhetoric was hurting prospects for reviving negotiations, Rycroft said "what's hurting the six-party talks is the inability so far of the North Korean regime to do what it has to do which is to halt its nuclear program and to halt its intercontinental ballistic missile program".

She also confirmed that Tillerson hadn't spoken to Trump before his "fire and fury" comment on Tuesday, but spoke to him for an hour on Wednesday as he returned on his plane to Washington from a trip to Asia.

Lost in the media's frantic coverage about the peaking North Korea crisis, a small, but very important detail escaped much of the US's notice that could be a window to peace between two feuding nuclear powers.

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.

My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. The spread of fallout, and the threat of a spiral of attacks that could bring about a "nuclear winter", all but guarantee that Americans would share in the suffering and loss of a nuclear exchange on the Korean peninsula or anywhere in the Pacific.

The president issued the declaration as his most senior diplomat Rex Tillerson sought to play down antagonism between the two countries, insisting there was no imminent threat of military action.

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

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On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea that it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continued threatening the US and South Korea.

Still, he declined to say whether the U.S.is considering a pre-emptive military strike, arguing that his administration never discusses such deliberations publicly. Nearly immediately, Tillerson, seeking to fix the damage, told Americans (but not South Koreans) that they should "sleep well at night" because he had no "concerns about this particular rhetoric", meaning, it seems, the president's particular rhetoric.

The Associated Press and Reuters reported on that statement, essentially spreading the news that North Korea will never abandon its belligerent tactics around the world.

No sooner had Tillerson ratcheted down the rhetoric than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ratcheted it back up.

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".

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

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