As two nuclear-armed leaders trade threats, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that President Trump "is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language."
The language has been increasingly fiery. After Trump said on Tuesday that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S., the country would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," the North Korean regime responded by saying it's considering a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
Trump's remarks were criticized by fellow Republican Sen. John McCain, who told an Arizona radio station, "I don't know what he's saying, and I've long ago given up trying to interpret what he says."
"That kind of rhetoric, I'm not sure that helps," McCain said, adding later, "The great leaders I've seen, they don't threaten unless they are ready to act. And I'm not sure that President Trump is ready to act. Maybe it'll turn out all right — he's the president, I'm not."
Even if America were to attack North Korea, McCain said, the regime would be able to rain rockets on targets in South Korea.
Tillerson offered his take on the current tensions during a quick stop in Guam, where his plane refueled on a tour that has included a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Speaking to reporters on his plane, Tillerson said he didn't see an imminent threat to Guam and hadn't considered changing his route.
According to a pool report from his talk with reporters aboard the State Department plane, Tillerson was also asked if Americans should be worried. He replied, "I think Americans should sleep well at night" and not be concerned by recent statements.