North Korea crisis puts cozy relationship in spotlight — Fox & Friends & Trump

A courtroom sketch of Taylor Swift on the stand on Thursday August 10

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In an interview with the Huffington Post, John Mecklin, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists-the organization that created the "Doomsday Clock"-denounced Trump's remarks as "about the stupidest and most risky statement I have ever heard an American president make".

On Aug. 8, North Korea warned that they may use the missiles in response to a new round of U.N. sanctions that the country says is meant to "strangle a nation".

"We should deny them the ability to grow their nuclear arsenal", Graham tweeted on Thursday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the USA territory of Guam.

He said the president's threat to North Korea was "like pouring gasoline on a fire".

Nauert echoed Tillerson's remarks that Trump was using language that Kim would understand. The spread of fallout, and the threat of a spiral of attacks that could bring about a "nuclear winter", all but guarantee that Americans would share in the suffering and loss of a nuclear exchange on the Korean peninsula or anywhere in the Pacific. "Defusing the North Korea threat will take smart, steady leadership and stronger diplomatic ties with our key allies".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson authorized the ban following the death of Otto Warmbier, a USA citizen and student who was detained North Korea for 17 months before being released and evacuated home to Ohio. 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.

He downplayed speculation that the threats move the USA closer to a military option.

"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.

"Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson told reporters.

No sooner had Tillerson ratcheted down the rhetoric than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ratcheted it back up.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho stood before the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting and said the following: "We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table".

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.

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