Will you risk Los Angeles to deter North Korea?

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MARTIN: The president has gotten a lot of criticism from Democrats and Republicans, members of his own party, for exacerbating the tension with North Korea by making statements like the one we just heard.

As The Toronto Star noted, Trump's rhetoric during his North Korea remarks Tuesday ― specifically that the USA would issue a response "like the world has never seen" ― closely mirror statements he's made before on food prices, the Chinese military and his grassroots campaign, among other things. On Tuesday, Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the Hermit Kingdom, which prompted a swift response from the North, which threatened to bomb Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific.

So if we, for example, launch cruise missiles on North Korea, they can decide to rain fire down on South Korea and kill hundreds of thousands of people.

Located right next to Guam is the Northern Mariana Islands.

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

"I will tell you this, North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble in this world, OK?"

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Trump also mentioned that he will push for more funding to go towards anti-missile defense due to the threat of North Korea and other countries.

And it's really only - it's been less than a week since the U.N. Security Council took their actions where - these were massive sanctions.

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

North Korea's nuclear weapons development has been a focus for the past four presidents, and particularly in the 11 years since its first weapons test. While the USA has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagons program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. I think there is still time for other measures.

TL: If he does it without congressional authorization and it's not in self-defense, yes I think that would provide grounds for impeachment.

ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.

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