Analysis: Donald Trump's threat fits with North Korea's image of US

So when the president muses at a press briefing that future threats by North Korea will be met with "fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen", one might think (as apparently many CNN viewers did think, initially) that the wording originated with North Korea.

On Wednesday the North Korean state-run media agency, KCNA, released a statement saying the communist nation would complete its plan to attack waters near Guam within just a week, adding that the action against Guam would be "an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity". "They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before".

There was a hotline linking Seoul and Pyongyang, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un severed the channel in 2013 and refused to restore it, said Gary Samore, a former senior White House adviser now with Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un can understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

And I could continue with my seventh-grade air-raid drills, believing that taking shelter in the school basement would save me from a nuclear holocaust. "We don't need to be stirring up anxiety".

Trump's warning to North Korea on Tuesday followed the publication of a Washington Post report citing intelligence sources as saying Pyongyang had managed to miniaturize a nuclear device to fit on an ICBM that could soon hit the US mainland.

The U.S. and its allies, Mattis said, are capable of fending off an attack. His country is arguably the most sanctioned nation on earth. Exactly what kind of response did Trump have in mind when he spoke of "fire and fury"?

The sudden worsening of tensions is sure to set nerves on edge in North Asia and leaves the administration contemplating the first grave foreign policy crisis of Trump's term. On the campaign trail, he said that any Iranian vessels that "make gestures at our people ... will be shot out of the water". Its stated flight path over Japan is also very aggressive - it has recently tried to avoid flying over neighboring countries by shooting its missiles up at a very high angle to land in the ocean.

Brooks, in particular, has a record of bucking the establishment as a conservative insurgent.

The development marked a key threshold in its journey to becoming a fully fledged nuclear power - an aim it has doggedly pursued in an attempt to rival its arch-enemy, the United States.

For North Korea, threatening to use nukes and insisting on maintaining them isn't the thinking of crazy state actors.

Nuclear policy and military analysts say nothing of the sort has taken place, and the only plan in the works - initiated by former President Barack Obama - has a 30-year timeline and an estimated $1 trillion cost.

While Americans may have long since learned not to read too much into Trump's more outrageous statements, the rest of the world has not-especially those on the receiving end of his pronouncements. If the North follows through on its Guam threat, Trump would have no choice. Its recent tests of intercontinental missiles appear, after years of North Korean efforts, to have finally put the range. Yet despite another agreement with North Korea in 2005, which included more economic and energy aid, by 2006 North Korea was again developing a nuclear weapon.

For a war to begin, someone must take the next step, commit an intentional act of destruction causing an overwhelming loss of life and territory. Ed Markey, aimed to curtail Trump's ability use nuclear weapons, introducing legislation in January that would prohibit a first-strike nuclear launch without Congress first declaring war. But they could do little if he decided to use military force. He also offered Pyongyang a way out: Halt missile tests, and eventually, the U.S. would return to negotiations. The company booked a hefty charge and said its CFO is leaving the company.

They've been worried about President Donald Trump going off script for months. They do not inherently or expressly reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of iPolitics.

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