Trump on his threat to North Korea: 'Maybe it wasn't tough enough'

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And while Guam is a more credible target, the curly-topped Supreme Leader still knows a first strike against it means the U.S. would turn the whole of Kimland into a parking lot.

But the North Korean military's claims via state media that it would have plans to strike Guam with four missiles completed by "mid-August" reverberated around the world.

Asked if he were daring the North Koreans, Trump said: "It's not a dare, it's a statement".

The main beach front was busy with tourists dozing under trees or on the sun loungers of five-star hotels lined up before a calm sea where people in kayaks collided with swan-shaped pedalos and inflatable hoops.

Trump added his voice on Thursday, insisting that if North Korea took any steps to even think about an attack, it would have reason to be nervous.

From Moscow's perspective, the motivation behind this collaboration was little more than a piece of the cold war puzzle.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal". For example, China adamantly opposes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, claiming that it undermines China's own security.

Tillerson's spokeswoman Heather Nauert insisted that there is no division in the administration on North Korea and that "the pressure campaign is, in our opinion, working".

Talofofo Falls in the south of Guam.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 10, 2017.

The Constitution does give Congress the authority to declare war, which it hasn't done since World War II.

The US has taken a similarly stubborn line.

The State Department issued new travel restrictions Thursday after Trump's comments, limiting U.S. passport use through North Korea without special validation. Look, here's the view: I said it yesterday. Also, the military is very, very protective of their assets.

During the 1990s, it is also thought that North Korean nuclear expertise benefited from the proliferation network of Pakistani nuclear physicist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who allegedly exported such knowledge to Iran and Libya, as well.

The president addressed Russia's expulsion of U.S. diplomats from Moscow, the FBI's raid on former campaign director Paul Manafort's home, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and more. "And I noticed many senators and others today came out very much in favor of what I said".

Trump also called the failure of the Senate to pass the GOP health care repeal plan a "disgrace".

But the War Powers Resolution hasn't stopped longer military interventions. With the massive conventional artilleries deployed near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, North Korea would inflict major casualties on the South. "And each time, whether it's a success or a failure, they learn".

He said the US will "always consider negotiations" with North Korea.

Guam is the closest U.S. territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles. "We do not tell people in advance, if they are adversaries, what we are going to do".

Once again, Trump's ignorance of foreign policy and his recklessness with his limited diplomatic vocabulary were on uncomfortable display. "But until such time that they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation on earth, by far".

Trump is not a sentient rage emoji exiled from Steve Bannon's iPhone. But the test comes at a difficult time politically for the president.

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