CNN's Zakaria: Trump North Korea Threats 'The Art of the Bluff'

Trump ramps up threats to N Korea, says 'fire and fury' wasn't tough enough

"North Korea best not make any more threats", Trump said.

Gore said that Trump "inherited a very unsafe situation" from previous world leaders and so should not be blamed entirely for the escalation, which most recently saw North Korea promising a plan to strike the us territory of Guam within days.

Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have both used strong language pertaining to North Korea's threats.

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.

Trump may not understand what his own words mean, but he is threatening to attack North Korea if it makes any more threats to the United States.

"Neither President Trump, nor any other president, should be allowed to use nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack".

"China should make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US territories and triggers USA retaliations, China will stay neutral".

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The technological breakthrough is considered a crucial advancement on the path to producing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the USA mainland, experts said.

SEN. BEN CARDIN: No, I don't think we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon capacity that violates global protocols. The process of coming to an accommodation that lets North Korea keep a nuclear deterrent, while reassuring it that it will never have to use those weapons.

John, associate director of research at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events - or CREATE, established by U.S. Homeland Security - is an expert in what's known as probabilistic risk assessment. That's all preferred, is getting that to work rather than the military option. In addition to its nuclear arsenal, the nation has rockets and artillery aimed at Seoul, the South Korean capital that is only 35 miles from the Demilitarized Zone. "It will involve the massive shelling of an ally's capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth". "I watched that clip about a dozen times today and after viewing number eight, I noticed this".

ZELDIN: You know, they don't have a good track record.

And the president's comments yesterday and today have made that more hard.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Morale at the State Department was already in the dumps before this comment from President Trump.

The recent advancements of North Korea's nuclear program have been a major concern on Capitol Hill this year. Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe North Korea is capable of launching a missile that could hit the mainland. Concerns were heightened late last month when tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile indicated Pyongyang may be within a year or two of obtaining the technology to reach the USA with nuclear missiles.

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China can guarantee North Korea, its regime, that it must change its course on its nuclear policies. They can not threaten the United States, can not threaten South Korea or Japan or other countries in that region, that there's a path forward.

On Thursday, North Korean state media detailed a plan to launch four intermediate-range missiles toward the territory, suggesting that it would splash the Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea less than 25 miles Guam's coast.

"Basically, we're one Trump toilet tweet away from being the United States of Florida", the host said.

North Korea has repeatedly refused to conduct any negotiations aimed at halting its nuclear progress.

"Today's news makes clear that much more than these sanctions is required to protect US interests", said Jay Lefkowitz, a former USA special envoy on human rights in North Korea. That's what we need to negotiate.

But sanctions take a long time to have an effect and won't work at all if the president's speech and behaviour shatter worldwide unity. Three days before that, the US had dropped a bomb on Hiroshima killing 70,000 people instantly.

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