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>> Fire and fury.>> Following tough talk from President Donald Trump and a subsequent threat from North Korea against the US territory of Guam, defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issuing some of his strongest words to North Korea, telling Pyongyang that it should stop any actions that would lead to the, quote, end of its regime and the destruction of its people.
Reuters correspondent, Idrees Ali is at the Pentagon.>> It's a stark warning, but it pales in comparison to what Trump said yesterday. So it's sort of playing the line in between where it's showing support for Trump and what he said yesterday. But also being more measured, almost.>> On the other side of that line, is US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said while on his way to Guam that he did not believe that there was an imminent threat from North Korea and that quote, Americans should sleep well at night.
A very different tone than the one in Trump's harsh message, which other government agencies were likely not prepared for. As Reuters correspondent, Jim Oliphant, who was with the President in Bedminster, New Jersey.>> The White House said today that Trump and his Chief of Staff, John Kelley, were in constant contact with National Security Council members all day long before and after his North Korea remarks.
To give the impression that they had signed off on the message that the president delivered. However, Reuters is reporting this afternoon that President Trump's remarks were spontaneous. They were not vetted in advance of Trump delivering them to the press, so as usual with this president, he seemed to take a lot of people by surprise.
>> On Wednesday, Trump himself seemed to temper his comments by expressing hope that the US nuclear arsenal would never need to be used.