The military rhetoric between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un may have escalated the tensions on the Korean peninsula. On Friday, the White House mulled over its next move to respond to the North’s threats of an imminent Hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific, CNN reported.

A heated exchange

Following Kim Jong-un’s riposte to the “hate” speech of Preside Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly, the business mogul ridiculed the North’s leader by calling him a “madman.” This name-calling exchange is an occurrence that has been avoided by most world leaders.

The fiery exchange of insults between Trump and Kim resulted in the North’s declaration of another nuclear bomb test on the Pacific Ocean.

In return, the White House now considered possible options for a pre-emptive measure in the event that the communist regime begins its preparations for a Hydrogen bomb test.

Does Trump’s style defy diplomacy?

A former White House national security adviser, Benjamin J. Rhodes, says that President Trump’s combative style and reality-show insults obviously defied diplomatic convention. The same style that Trump used against his detractors at home may not be effective on the diplomatic front. According to foreign policy veterans, Trump is playing a very dangerous game that may only complicate efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis,

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of Maryland, Sen.

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Benjamin Cardin, says that Trump’s provocative and reckless threat does not really keep the United States as well as its allies in Asia safe. With his confrontational style, Trump might find it hard to rally other countries to join the US government in containing the crisis in North Korea, Cardin explained.

Moreover, US and Japan's plans to strike the North’s unarmed missile on the launching pad might only start a conflict that Kim Jong-un could rapidly intensify through a potential attack on Seoul. On the other hand, if the United States would hit a nuclear-armed missile, it could exactly trigger the nuclear detonation—an incident that the US and its allies would try to avoid.

A robust military response

White House officials emphasized that military options are actually available regardless of the skepticism. On Thursday, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki R. Haley, told reporters at a White House briefing that there are still a lot of military options that the US government can employ under President Trump’s directive. Haley added that if Kim Jong-un’s communist regime does anything reckless, like launching another nuclear missile, the US President can definitely resort to a military response.