In the post-Cold War era, all USA presidents since Bill Clinton have undertaken Nuclear Posture Reviews at the beginning of their administrations.
"I think the wording of [Trump's] message sounded like it had been penned by Pyongyang", Klingner told TheBlaze.
While experts say nuclear war with North Korea is unlikely, and both the North Koreans and the United States continue to talk about deterrence rather than aggression, there is no denying that the nation's capital is a prime target for anyone who wants to attack the U.S.
"So, a couple of days ago, President Trump talking about the fact that the North Koreans have now come up with - the Central Intelligence Agency has now confirmed - they've come up with this, this small nuclear warhead or at least a nuclear mini device that can be fit inside a warhead that can be stacked on top of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and therefore, hit the United States, theoretically". However, his recent tweet about North Korea rubbed some users the wrong way, and they reported his account for threatening violence.
Klingner said that former President Barack Obama was "flat out wrong" when he suggested that North Korea is already that most heavily sanctioned country in the world. The tweet in question might be disquieting but at the end of the day it is a reaction to North Korea's threats and might act as a deterrence.
The AP report stated that the officials in charge of the communications are Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for the Trump administration's policy on North Korea, and Pak Song-il, a senior North Korean diplomat in the pariah state's United Nations mission. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", he wrote on Twitter.
The comments put Tillerson once again in the role of translating the president's aggressive rhetoric into more diplomatic terms, and of working to minimize the chances of public panic. Tillerson said Wednesday as he returned from an Asia trip he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat". Graham said it is a necessary change. "He's not going to contain the threat". The new rating marks Trump's highest approval the poll has recorded since July 12. To the contrary, he said the latest threat from the North suggested the current strategy was working.
"The pressure is starting to show", Tillerson said.
"It is a very big concern and I think that is why the entire worldwide community needs to make a very strong statement to North Korea that not only will you not use these weapons, you will not proliferate them either or there will be very serious consequences", he said.