US Speaking With 'One Voice' On North Korea, State Dept Spox Says
Aug 11 2017 by Francis Osborne
The White House later explained that the president was referring to his order in January to conduct a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure the USA nuclear deterrent is "modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies". That announcement had been a response to Trump's threat that the North would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatened the US again.
Lost in the media's frantic coverage about the peaking North Koreacrisis, 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.
North Korea announced a detailed plan on Wednesday to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
Only hours before, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm and said Americans should have no concerns despite the exchange of threats between the president and North Korea.
"The president spoke to him, to Kim Jong-un, in a that language Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson has said, and said this morning, is the kind of language Kim Jong-un will understand", Nauert said.
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If Trump's goal with two days of tough talk was to scare North Korea, Kim, the commander, put that idea quickly to rest. Tillerson insisted the USA isn't signaling a move toward military action, while it pursues a policy of sanctions and isolation of North Korea. His declaration, in between rounds of golf, that any North Korean "threats" would be met with "fire and fury. the likes of which this world has never seen before" was dangerously imprecise.
A day after evoking the use of overwhelming US military might, Trump touted America's atomic supremacy. The U.S. document reportedly assessed that the North had mastered the ability to fit a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles.
"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the USA unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies", Tillerson said.
"This pressure campaign with North Korea is something we are all in agreement on", she said. It was also reported that defense secretary Jim Mattis was shocked at the level of low preparedness in US forces. And Tillerson even made a pre-scheduled refueling stop in Guam, the target of the North's purported military designs.
After Trump spoke, apparently in response to US military exercises near North Korea, the Pyonyang government warned it was considering a military strike against the United States' Pacific island territory of Guam.
'Americans should sleep well at night, ' Mr Tillerson said.