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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

However, according to an article in the Boston Globe, quoting an expert in the realm of presidential power, Trump has nearly "unchecked authority to order the use of conventional or nuclear weapons against North Korea".

He added: "I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days".

But Gorka, a controversial figure in the national security community, dismissed Tillerson's authority on the subject.

'You should listen to the president; the idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical.

But on the same day, Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Pyongyang that it "should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people". "He said, 'Woe betide anyone who militarily challenges the United States, ' and that is his portfolio". That is his mandate. They followed an assertion from Trump that North Korea's threats would be "met with fire and fury" and come at a moment when trust in the words coming out of the president's mouth is paramount. "By restricting the first use of nuclear weapons, this legislation enshrines that simple principle into law", Markey said.

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As a matter of urgency, Ruggiero argued, the USA should punish Chinese banks and companies helping North Korea evade sanctions. The centerpiece of the United Nations sanctions is a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood products.

He argued that USA policy towards the rogue nation will not stay the course of previous administrations.

On Jan. 27, Trump made an executive order to create the Nuclear Posture Review, which will analyze the U.S.' nuclear capabilities. And he took his fire and fury line from earlier this week and then underlined it. The Obama administration did not do so.

The first was that Air Force personnel at a base in Montana that stored nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles had been routinely cheating on proficiency tests, meaning they might not have actually had the skills needed to keep the deadly weapons functioning safely.

Tillerson spoke to reporters as he returned from Malaysia to Washington, stopping along the way in Guam. "The legislative branch of the U.S. government is hearing about these developments on Twitter at the same time as Kim Jong Un", said Ben Marter, a spokesman for the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL. He's a Cabinet secretary.

In response to a question about the administration's mixed messaging, Trump argued there was no contradiction. To the contrary, he said the latest threat from the North suggested the current strategy was working.

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ZELDIN: Well, if the North Koreans know that significant - I believe that what really triggered North Korea this week primarily was the action at the U.N. Security Council last weekend, that North Korea was going to be amping up their rhetoric and their threats this week exclusively based on the U.N. Security Council resolution, if not for anything else.

Later on Thursday, Gorka appeared on Fox News to elaborate on his comments.

"He is sick of mind, impetuous, arrogant, belligerent and risky", Gordon Humphrey, who represented New Hampshire from 1979 to 1990, said in a letter to his state's members of Congress obtained by Manchester ABC station WMUR.

"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", Tillerson said.

The legislation against first use of nuclear weapons also has support from several peace groups, the Quakers and former Obama Administration Defense Secretary William Perry.

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