>> I do not believe that there is any imminent threat.>> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trying to calm nerves after a day of heated rhetoric from the US and North Korea. With the American President threatening to rain down fire and fury on Pyongyang. And North Korea threatening to attack the US territory of Guam, where Tillerson was headed on Wednesday.
>> What the President is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand. The United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack and defend our allies. And we will do so, so the american people should sleep well at night.
>> Meanwhile, Trump doubling down on Twitter, suggesting he's already strengthened America's nuclear arsenal in just a few months, adding quote. Hopefully, we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world. This all follows his comments Tuesday, upping the ante against Pyongyang from his New Jersey Golf Club.
>> North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States, they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.>> This all comes on the the same day the Washington Post reported a potential breakthrough in the North's nuclear capabilities. That officials from one US intelligence agency believe that Pyongyang has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
But Reuters National Security Editor John Walcott says, North Korea still has a long way to go.>> They're missing the other crucial ingredients of a credible nuclear weapons program, a rocket that has proven that it can carry a nuclear warhead into space. A guidance system capable to delivering that weapon where it's supposed to go.
And most important of all a warhead design and nose cone that can survive reentry from space into the Earth's atmosphere. They don't have any of those components, they haven't tested them.>> Still, in response to the growing tensions, China calling on both sides to avoid any words or actions that might escalate the situation.
Meanwhile, US ally Japan is backing up America's stance against the growing missile threat. A source in Tokyo telling Reuters, Japan isn't asking Trump to tone down his remarks. Still, amid the chest thumping, a surprisingly diplomatic development on Wednesday. With North Korea saying it was releasing a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there.
Hyeon Soo Lim was sentenced to hard labor for life in 2015, but was released Wednesday on humanitarian grounds.