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North Korea and U.S. in Heated Back-and-forth

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Diplomatic language is taking a back seat as the U.S. and North Korea threaten each other with fiery rhetoric.

President Trump issued a strong warning to North Korea Tuesday, and within hours, the communist nation responded with a new threat.

Pyongyang issued a statement saying it is examining plans to make "an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam." The small Pacific island has two military bases housing more than 6,000 American soldiers and airmen.

U.S. analysts say North Korea has made a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on top of a ballistic missile.

On Twitter this morning, President Trump said his first order as President was to renovate and modernize America’s nuclear arsenal, and that it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.  He went on to say he hopes to never use that power.

Some Trump administration critics are saying the President needs to tone down the rhetoric, but the President's Secretary of State is defending his tough talk.

Secretary Tillerson made those comments on his way to a refueling stop in Guam.  He says he's not worried about the North Korean threats, and Americans shouldn't lose any sleep either.

President Trump ordered a review of the U.S. nuclear posture in January, but that won't be completed until the end of the year.  President Obama conducted a similar review in 2010 and developed a purchase plan to upgrade America's nuclear weapons.  That will take until the mid-2020's before it is fully implemented.

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