High-ranking officials within the Trump administration have been scrambling since Tuesday evening to contain the fallout that resulted from Trump's remarks, which were reportedly improvised.
President Trump tweeted today: 'Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world'.
In an op-ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times, the former ambassador to the United Nations downplayed North Korea's threats, saying "we have long lived with successive Kims' belligerent and colorful rhetoric". He said Kim Jong Un's regime should listen to and "act on that clarity".
Ironically, much of the modernization was set in motion under President Barack Obama, who was a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, negotiated New START and became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack by the United States in World War II. The spread of fallout, and the threat of a spiral of attacks that could bring about a "nuclear winter", all but guarantee that Americans would share in the suffering and loss of a nuclear exchange on the Korean peninsula or anywhere in the Pacific.
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This is the latest in a series of similar cross-border defection cases by North Korean citizens this year. Nevertheless, the two countries joined the others in calls to stop missile tests in North Korea .
Tillerson spoke to reporters Wednesday after President Donald Trump and North Korea traded escalating threats of "fire", with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam.
In 2016, then-defence secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon planned to spend $108billion USA (£83bn) over five years to sustain and improve its nuclear force.
Still, he declined to say whether the U.S.is considering a pre-emptive military strike, arguing that his administration never discusses such deliberations publicly.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, en route to Guam Wednesday morning said the president "was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language".
Of course, Colbert also had words for Trump, who set the global community on edge when he threatened that Kim and his regime "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they don't back down.