Intelligence officials revealed last Tuesday that they had concluded that North Korea already had the capability to manufacture a miniature nuclear device they could fit on the end of a ballistic missile to launch against rival countries. After this, President Trump was asked for his response to the Kim Jong-un regime and as expected, Trump said that if North Korea continued to threaten the United States that his response would unleash "fire and fury" unlike any the world has ever seen.

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Just in case he wasn't clear, Trump repeated the statement in full.

After this, more reports said that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had threatened to strike Guam which has a U.S. military presence. Initially it has always been seen that if war were to break out with the U.S. and North Korea that South Korea would be devastated as the South is an ally to the U.S. In the week prior, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that President Trump had told him "to his face" that war would only be a problem in South Korea but not the United States. Even though Sen. Graham expressed horror at the statement, he would later repeat it as rationale for an attack.

As to the nuclear warhead, however, the Defense Intelligence Agency's analysis followed another report from last month which determined that North Korea controlled about 60 nuclear weapons.

But the recent reports are the first confirmation of what experts had believed all along that North Korea might be close to having nuclear warheads and at least one Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Last month, Kim Jong-un's regime also fired two ICBMs that experts claim could hit Chicago and likely the east coast.

So far, both assumptions have been correct.

Trading 'shots' over China

Ever since President Trump entered the Oval Office, he has gone round-and-round with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un making threats. Two weekends ago, the United Nations moved to put more sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom which the regime itself said was an attempt to strangle them.

This parallels one view from former intelligence official Mike Morell who said in a recent interview that strangling North Korea with sanctions would lead to instability. Over the past several months, despite the fact that President Trump has threatened to take military action, he has also reportedly been busy trying to get China to control their neighbor from more missile testing.

At the beginning of the year, President Trump said that if China did not rein in Pyongyang -- the capital or North Korea -- that the U.S. would do it for them. But it's largely been the view that without China, the North cannot be controlled.

But it's also been the view that if China went too far with crippling Jong-un's regime, that the nuclear state would become unstable and therefore an even greater threat in the region.

As for the United States, It's been reported that there are no guarantees that the anti-missile defense system would effectively be able to protect the mainland as it had already failed to test in recent simulations. At the time of this writing, Congress has yet to complete legislation that would approve more defense systems in areas on the east coast.