A look at the realities of a North Korea nuclear threat

Things are heating up between the U.S. and North Korea.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that U.S. intelligence believes North Korea has developed a nuclear warhead that can fit atop a missile. And President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” North Korea’s state-run news followed with threats of a missile strike against U.S. facilities around Guam, including Anderson Air Force Base.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is trying to lower the temperature. This morning, Tillerson tried to calm things by saying there’s no sign the threat level from North Korea was greater than before. He said Americans can sleep well at night. Given the President’s late night hours of tweeting it doesn’t appear he’s sleeping much.

So what options are realistically available to President Trump? Larry speaks to two security experts today about what to expects as tensions rise between the U.S. and North Korea.


Jim Walsh, Ph.D., international security expert and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program; he tweets @DrJimWalshMIT

Clare Lopez, vice president of research and analysis at Center for Security Policy, a conservative think tank in Washington D.C.; she was also former operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (1980-2000); she tweets @ClareMLopez