North Korea says it's examining plans to attack Guam

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

The developments with North Korea have occurred while Congress has largely deserted Washington for its month-long August recess, leaving the President's comments to stand for themselves without much chance for congressional leaders to weigh in or potentially moderate his rhetoric.

Tensions were ratcheted up this week when the USA president responded to news that Pyongyang had developed miniaturized nuclear warheads with a drastic warning that he would meet their continued threats with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Pyongyang reacted by claiming it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam - an island territory in Micronesia and the site of a United States military base.

Gordon Humphrey (N.H.), a longtime critic of President Trump, said on Wednesday the commander in chief is "sick of mind" and urged New Hampshire's lawmakers to support calls to remove him from office.

As the crisis with North Korea escalates, the US President warned earlier this week there would be "fire and fury" like the world has never known if the regime continued to threaten America.

"That would send a signal to North Korea and China that would probably do more good to avoid war than anything I can think of".

And, accompanied with Trump's low poll numbers, ongoing chaos in the White House and Trump's increasingly erratic behavior, it nearly seems that he has a growing interest in looking to carry out pre-emptive strikes against North Korea. Yun and North Korean diplomat Pak Song II negotiated the release of imprisoned American college student Otto Warmbier in June. "We capitulated in the past to evil people and have always lived to regret it". -North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said.

President Trump, in some ways, has been more flexible in his approach to North Korea than President Barack Obama.

Or specifically, North Korea's statement that it only held a grudge against the US, and not to any other country.

"US intelligence now believes that North Korea is now making missile-ready nuclear weapons", Colbert explained. But he said the USA should assume the worst.

He then mentioned Trump's remarks from the "Jersey White House" in which the president said that "maybe that statement wasn't tough enough". I think there is still time for other measures.

The paper said, "The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the US wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack".

A lot of people have questioned Trump's threatening language. -South Korean military exercises-which are set to resume this month-and an eventual peace treaty with Washington.

ZELDIN: Well, if the North Koreans know that significant - I believe that what really triggered North Korea this week primarily was the action at the U.N. Security Council last weekend, that North Korea was going to be amping up their rhetoric and their threats this week exclusively based on the U.N. Security Council resolution, if not for anything else.