It compared the situation to the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq war, when then-president George W Bush warned of "weapons of mass destruction" being deployed by Saddam Hussein.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger testified to the Senate Armed Services committee in January about his thoughts on how the Trump Administration and the world at-large should deal with the ever-increasing threat of North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.
Bearing in mind even cyberattacks created to destroy electricity, water supply and other infrastructure as well as military facilities, the document is aimed at facilitating a posture in which the U.S. can utilise its nuclear capability in dealing with various situations, thereby increasing its deterrent power.
Since coming to power, the Trump administration has been deliberating over whether to carry out preventive strikes to degrade Pyongyang's ability to sprint to the finish line of acquiring a deployable ICBM that can hit the continental USA with a nuclear payload.
Despite a thaw in inter-Korean relations, the U.S. is seen as shifting to a tougher stance on North Korea by addressing the brutality of its leader Kim Jong-un - a provocative action that could enrage the communist state.
South Korea's meteorological agency said Tuesday the quake originated from an area about 30 miles north-northwest of Kilju, North Hamgyong Province, and is likely to have been triggered by North Korea's sixth nuclear test conducted September 3, 2017, News 1 reported. However, it is not clear whether Pyongyang can launch a nuclear charged intercontinental ballistic missile.
A lawmaker in Seoul said some 36,000 foreigners had been banned from entering South Korea, including people connected with extremist groups such as Islamic State, to ensure security during the Games.
United States and South Korean troops utilizing the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and South Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II, fire missiles into the waters of the East Sea, off South Korea, on July 5, 2017.
Bringing a version of the missile back would be a response to Russia's alleged violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Pentagon said, adding that it might reconsider if Moscow returned to compliance and "corrects its other destabilizing behaviors".
North Korea has a history of responding harshly, even hysterically, to mentions of their human rights abuses.
Kissinger recommends that the USA work constructively to bring China and Russian Federation in agreement with how to deal with Jong-Un's North Korea. A year ago in July, Kim Jong Un tested his first intercontinental ballistic missile known as the Hwasong-14.
"We're seeking to apply an exemption for the May (2010) measures to support a successful hosting of the Olympics", ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a news briefing. Since the Korean War, the U.S. has raised a strong military presence in South Korea.
The Trump administration denied the reports, saying it favors a "diplomatic" way of tackling the nuclear standoff.