And Secretary of Defense John "Mad Dog" Mattis is backing Trump's statements, saying today: that the North Korean regime "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people".
It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. "He seems to accept the intelligence on Korea, or on Syria, on China, on other areas, on terrorism, but when it comes to Russian Federation, not so much".
The recent advancements of North Korea's nuclear program have been a major concern on Capitol Hill this year.
On Thursday, North Korean state media detailed a plan to launch four intermediate-range missiles toward the territory, suggesting that it would splash the Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea less than 25 miles Guam's coast. "I don't think we are there yet". "The North Koreans have been launching missiles for months". Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!
Mr Tillerson has even hinted at an ongoing back channel.
"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said.
Officials immediately went to work to downplay the heated rhetoric, though within hours, North Korea retaliated with a threat to "obliterate an American air base on Guam". "We capitulated in the past to evil people and have always lived to regret it".
The contacts suggest Pyongyang, too, may be open to a negotiation even as it talks of launching missiles near the United States territory of Guam.
Trump, while addressing the American opioid crisis during a N.J. briefing, acknowledged reports, that North Korea has "miniaturized nuclear warheads" capable of striking the United States.
So, that is a confusion as to why the USA has taken the use of nuclear weapons off the table, a desire for increased proliferation of nuclear weapons, and a clear lack of policy depth about nuclear weapons. The White House also had no comment.
For once, it was not a tweet, but a regular old off-the-cuff remark to the press from President Trump that started an global outcry. We're not going to contain the threat.
President Obama made little effort to reopen lines of communication.
A lot of people have questioned Trump's threatening language.
On his weekend visit to South Korea, President Clinton warned that if North Korea developed and used an atomic weapon, "we would quickly and overwhelmingly retaliate".
"However, the massive trust deficit in Pyongyang and in Washington toward each other has impeded the confidence-building process necessary to have constructive dialogue", he said.
A Senate intelligence committee source said the committee's staff have held a series of briefings across the intelligence community on the situation in North Korea.
Mr Yun travelled on the widely publicised mission to Pyongyang to bring Mr Warmbier home.