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Rubio defends Trump's promise of 'fire and fury'

12 August 2017, 11:56 | Rodolfo Wallace

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But the open confirmation by administration officials this week that Trump ad libbed his "fire and fury" declaration without consulting his main advisers on the specific wording suggests more a sudden impulse than a carefully considered tactic.

KK: You've said "there are zero good military options against North Korea".

Some experts argue the current strategy for shooting down ICBM-range missiles, like those North Korea is trying to flawless, is overly expensive and inadequate.

It's fortunate that President Donald Trump is surrounded by experienced foreign policy hands and former generals who know that using military strikes against North Korea is not necessarily a good option, Rep. Eric Swalwell said he's telling his anxious constituents.

The US military not operating at an elevated security level.

North Korea on Thursday said its proposed missile strike would fly over Japan on its way to Guam.

That's even more true with a country like North Korea, whose leaders have minimal contact with Americans.

Despite his latest attempt to temper his words, President Trump is seen by a number of analysts as having moved the nation closer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Foreign governments typically have a hard time interpreting US politics and the free-wheeling nature of American television-driven discourse.

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NY [U.S.] President Donald Trump has expressed his desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons, however, saying that until other nations disarm, the United States will have the finest nuclear arsenal.

Among those distressed by the president's inflammatory words is U.S. Sen.

CHANG: All right, that's Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, who is the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia would not automatically be drawn into any war between North Korea and the United States. Warner is among those who see the president as senselessly pouring verbal gasoline on a situation fraught with sufficient peril at a time when America has no credible plan for dealing with North Korea.

"Hopefully it will all work out, okay?" Others think the president's blunt language could have just the opposite effect.

BENNETT: And the president also sounded pessimistic about finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korean threat.

The upgrades are driven by the age of systems such as the Minuteman III missiles, first deployed 40 years ago, and the fleet of 14 Ohio-class nuclear missile submarines, which already had their service lives extended to 42 years from 30 years. The order said the review should ensure America's nuclear deterrent is robust, ready and tailored to address 21st century threats.

Trump's rhetoric and North Korea's response have unsettled powers in the Asia-Pacific region, with some scrambling to respond to the escalation of tensions.

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