No one knows if Trump's strategy can change Beijing's calculus, but his willingness to use force on the peninsula is credible in ways Obama's and Bush's were not.
North Korea has been working for the last decade to develop a nuclear weapons program and long-range ballistic missile program.
"This is the first time, if the analysis is correct, that we're seeing a North Korean weapon that can hit the United States".
The Guardian's Owen Jones writes that Demore is now a martyr of the alt-right and that the memo "offers an insight into the male backlash that was one contributory factor - among many - to the rise of Donald Trump". The primary difference is there are actually fewer ICBMs now after a planned reduction that was directed by Obama. In a statement carried by his country's state media, he vowed to finalize a plan to fire four mid-range missiles in the waters off Guam's coast by mid-August. North Korea has threatened Guam on several occasions, including in 2013, when it suggested it would strike military bases on the island in retaliation against U.S. training exercises over South Korea, which the North considered a provocation. Across the government, officials rushed to try to show Trump wasn't improvising national security on the fly. "It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries". Between 2006 and 2016, North Korea conducted five successful nuclear tests-three of which occurred under Kim Jong-un.
"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before", McConnell told a Kentucky gathering. But other estimates are higher.
If true, that would mean the regime has passed a crucial threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.
How advanced are North Korea's missiles?
Bill Nelson, Florida's senior U.S. Senator, says he's deeply concerned about North Korea's ability to arm an ICBM with a nuclear warhead.
The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight.
In all of history, only two nuclear bombs have ever been detonated during wartime: once in the Japanese city of Hiroshima and again in the Japanese city of Nagasaki. The Swiss franc ceded some ground after soaring in the Wednesday session, with the greenback last standing at 0.9637 Swiss francs after fetching as little as 0.9629 overnight.
So what drove Trump to upset the balance on North Korea so dramatically?
Donald Trump has said his 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea maybe was not tough enough.
The hope, and perhaps the expectation, is that this latest round of rhetoric will also turn out to be just talk, said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management.
What are the options for dealing with North Korea?
Along similar lines, Lindsey Graham explained "Japan, South Korea, China would all be in the crosshairs of a war if we started one with North Korea".