North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, never explicitly said he would not fire missiles at the US territory of Guam, and a US-South Korea military drill that starts Monday may test his resolve and measure just how bold he's willing to be.
It can be recalled that earlier this week, North Korean state media KCNA reported that Kim Jong Un postponed his plans to fire missiles on a trajectory of Guam after reviewing the matter.
Trump says: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"
He has previously said Pyongyang must halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests for an unspecified amount of time before negotiations can begin on how to halt the stand-off and any threat of US military action.
North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a missile capable of firing a nuclear warhead at the United States to counter what it says are constant U.S. threats of invasion, and tension has been rising for months.
If necessary, "we'll take it out", Mattis said, suggesting the USA military would attempt to shoot it down with anti-missile interceptors on land and ships. His impromptu comments while on vacation in New Jersey were interpreted as raising the prospect of a USA nuclear attack against North Korea.
The United States - which backed Seoul in the war against the Chinese and Soviet-backed North - maintains about 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea.
And U.S. Vice President Mike Pence again stated that "all options" toward North Korea remain for consideration during his visit to South America.
And if North Korea does succeed in developing the capacity to reliably hit the United States with a nuclear weapon can it even be deterred from doing so?
Vice President Mike Pence, while giving a joint statement with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, called on Chile and a number of other Latin American countries to "break all diplomatic and commercial ties" with North Korea.
The secretary-general warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest level in decades and said it's important now "to dial down the rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy". In other words, should Kim choose to launch missiles toward Guam - which still remains a remote possibility - Trump just implied that the USA would respond in a big way.
Moon said, "The United States and President Trump have declared and promised that whatever military action they would like to take, they will fully discuss it with us and get our consent".
President Barack Obama's policy of being "passive" concerning North Korea's nuclear missile program has resulted in a rogue state that now possesses offensive nuclear weapons capable of striking many of our cities in the United States.
Forty-six percent of voters said they thought Trump's "fire and fury" comments were appropriate and 39 percent thought it was inappropriate to say.
"We shouldn't make a hasty decision on this", he said. Pyongyang urged the U.S.to abandon the show of force and "make the right choice, in the future, no regrets about today".