Obama Homeland Security adviser: No room for mistakes on North Korea

Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

In an op-ed colum in the New York Times, the former US ambassador to the United Nations and national security adviser to Obama, called Trump's latest remarks on North Korea "reckless rhetoric".

The U.N.in the past has had an envoy for North Korea, but Dujarric says "every situation is different and it's important not to make empty gestures".

"That's a very unfortunate outcome", Rice, who also served as United Nations ambassador under former President Barack Obama, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN in an interview from Park City, Utah.

He says an announcement is planned soon.

Experts were quick to push back on the president's tweet, saying the US's nuclear arsenal hasn't actually changed much in the six months since Trump took office. And he insists his administration has "done a lot of modernization" and "a lot of renovation" already.

On Wednesday, Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about USA nuclear capabilities.

The online poll was done by ProgressPolls and asked whether Trump or Obama is a better leader of the United States.

As bellicose rhetoric and tensions step up between Washington and Pyongyang, former president Barack Obama " s political adviser Susan Rice stressed USA can tolerate nuclear-armed North Korea, thus blasting Donald Trump.

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Republican Senator Dan Sullivan said a preemptive strike against the North Korean regime would require congressional approval.

The president was addressing reporters during his vacation at his New Jersey golf club before a security briefing with top advisers.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes but that it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

In a pair of tweets sent out the day after he threatened North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the president claimed that the US arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful" than ever before.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the USA and has ignored all calls to halt its weapons programmes.

The Democrats noted that the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each considered military action against North Korea but ruled it out because it would have run the risk of a counter-response from Pyongyang that could threaten South Korea and the more than 30,000 USA service members and 100,000 US citizens living there.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

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