Conyers, Dems warn against attack on N. Korea

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

An adviser to President Donald Trump said it was "simply nonsensical" to think that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should discuss USA military decisions in relation on North Korea.

"I think that the president, again, as commander-in-chief, I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea", he added. While the review may recommend changes, as a 2010 review by Mr. Obama did, it has yet to be completed. "The only time our posture goes up is based on facts, not because of what Kim and Trump say to each other", the official added.

Trump was apparently referring to a review of USA nuclear weapons that began earlier this year, which he directed Defense Secretary James Mattis to undertake in a presidential memorandum signed during a January visit to the Pentagon.

Trump also warned if Kim followed through on plans to strike Guam, the US response "will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before".

Trump also says the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger.

John McCain, like Trump a Republican and heads of the Armed Forces Committee in the US Senate, said on Tuesday night the president should tread cautiously.

The former senator also hit out at the president's rhetoric on North Korea over the past few days, which he said was exacerbating tensions between the two nations.

Furthermore, experts say it's nearly impossible that any initiative of the Trump Administration could already be having noticeable impact on the arsenal.

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.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

Political analysts have been warning that the White House should take into consideration China's position on this boiling issue.

The letter says Congress and the American people would hold Trump responsible if a "careless or ill-advised miscalculation" results in conflict that endangers USA military members or allies in the region. It says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived USA hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

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