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We believe that diplomacy and more severe economic sanctions on North Korea, along with a more cooperative China, can help to defuse this conflict.

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the US and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments and said Trump "just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.'s unquestionable ability to defend itself".

BENNETT: Well, earlier this week, as we all know, the president warned North Korea against making any more threats to the USA, saying the country, in his words, will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. "He has genuine concern about the direction of events in North Korea". "We never do. I don't talk about it". "Do you want a much better future - the entire world community is saying one thing - or do you want a much worse future?"

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. And he also wouldn't rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea.

In an out-of-the-blue threat Tuesday, he said the nation would respond with "fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before" if North Korea persists in threatening the United States.

"Missing right now is that scene of American leadership where he'd be sitting with our allies and telling North Korea that we're not going to tolerate their continued escalation as far as developing nuclear capabilities", said Swalwell.

Amid all the issues people are facing in Richmond and elsewhere, President Trump pushed that question front and center this week.

CARDIN: Well, clearly, there has been some progress made with the United Nations vote on additional sanctions.

ZELDIN: Absolutely. Wherever you have any entity, whether it's an individual, a - or a business organization that is helping the North Koreans with their exports or obviously anything specifically targeting - directed to their program, then we should be using that leverage to show how serious we are and get China to hopefully up their game. Trump took the opportunity to bash former United States presidents who presided over a slowly nuclearizing North Korea and failed to bring the program to a halt. Trumps tweet that Americas nuclear arsenal is “now stronger and more powerful than ever before” is debatable. "I don't think we are there yet".

North Korea gave no indication that it would do so.

The current standoff and the Cuban one more than a half century ago, however, differ in almost all important respects but one - both featured new presidents being tested by a high-stakes confrontation involving nuclear weapons. For more detail on what he said, we're joined by Geoff Bennett. "We're going to save a lot of money".

ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.

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