One reason why the President caused so much consternation on Tuesday was that he appeared to draw a red line - not just on North Korea's use of a nuclear weapon, or on constructing an ICBM, but just for continuing to issue the kind of threats that are the daily staple of the communist state.
An attack like North Korea described in the statement would be incredibly risky, as the Hwasong-12 missile has only been tested once and has unpredictable performance and unreliable accuracy.
".The possibility of a non-diplomatic based event, outright war or intercontinental ballistic missile launches resulting from North Korean tensions is finally being reflected in the South Korean market".
The tweets did little to soothe concerns that Trump was helping push the standoff with North Korea into uncharted and even more dangerous territory. "We've got defense mechanisms in place ... they have the ability to seek out the missiles with kinetic energy and destroy it". Congress has been taking steps to safeguard some of that funding.
Guam is strategically located a short flight from the Korean peninsula and other potential flashpoints in East Asia. Still, the danger that they will be used again has never disappeared; the years since the end of World War II have been filled with false alarms and close calls, which could easily recur. It's the president's job to lower the temperature on such a confrontation, not to set it boiling.
Kim Jong-un's military scientists have figured out how to produce a small enough nuclear warhead to fit on long-distance missiles, such as the ones North Korea has recently tested.
Both Moore and Brooks are framing themselves as outsiders dedicated to serving Trump but also to defying entrenched GOP interests and the party's leadership when it is called for.
It may come as no surprise that North Korea sees the military presence on Guam as a provocation.
"Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama", President Trump wrote on Tuesday. President William McKinley ordered Guam to be ruled by the U.S. Navy. The campaign between Strange and his most potent opponents-Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Rep. Mo Brooks-has largely been a contest to see which Republican can demonstrate the most unflinching fealty to Donald Trump. In 2013, Pyongyang started telling the U.S. that it "should not forget" that Andersen Air Force Base, specifically, was within range. And Trump's boasting only added to the confusion over his administration's approach to dealing with North Korea's expanding nuclear capabilities on a day when his top national security aides wavered between messages of alarm and reassurance.
"As a citizen, former U.S. senator, and twelve-year member of the Armed Services Committee, I urge you to act [at] once".
"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the U.S. because of the military", she said.
Mattis's statements on Wednesday add to the increasingly heated rhetoric between North Korea and the United States. Its propagandists were kept busier than usual last week, hammering out tirades against economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations in response to Mr Kim's unrelenting missile tests.
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has warned North Korea to stop any action that would lead to the collapse of Kim Jong-Un's regime.
There's a sense of patriotism among those who cite the island's history of Guam residents serving in the U.S. military. We need to know more about the process, if any, that went into the creation of this statement, and we'll need to know more about this process going forward, as Trump delivers more similar statements in what looks like an escalating situation.
"I think Trump's rhetoric does push North Korea toward miscalculation", Towns says.
But could a president make the decision to use a nuclear weapon without any interference from others? It generally couches its threats with language stating it will not attack the United States unless it has been attacked first or has determined an attack is imminent. Guam was also a refueling and transfer spot for military personnel heading to Southeast Asia.
Coyle said the sun could blind or confuse the infrared detectors on the kill vehicle. The company booked a hefty charge and said its CFO is leaving the company.