This Week on Washington Week: How will the United States respond to North Korea’s nuclear threat?
Tensions escalated between the United States and North Korea after U.S. intelligence agencies assessed North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that could fit on a missile capable of reaching Chicago. President Trump warned Kim Jong-un of the “fire and fury” the United States would unleash if his government continues its nuclear posturing and said the U.S. military solutions are "locked and loaded." North Korean military leaders dismissed the warning as a “load of nonsense” and threatened to launch missiles at the American territory of Guam, home of the B-1 bombers the Pentagon would potentially use to attack North Korea’s missile sites.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the president's message and said North Korea is not an imminent threat. But Defense Secretary James Mattis released a statement amplifying the president's warning telling Pyongyang to halt its arms program. While the administration insists it is “speaking with one voice," the mixed messages raise the question -- who's advising the president on foreign policy?
Robert Costa will discuss the options being considered to de-escalate the nuclear standoff between the United States and North Korea with: