"They absolutely are", said Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, in an interview on NBC.
North Korea has previously released images of what it claimed was a "fire plan" for an attack on the USA military base on Guam.
"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid", Trump said in a Twitter comment. While Borderless News has no inside information on this, it's possible he believes Trump is the one who could be the ultimate end of the regime.
The rhetoric comes amid a heightening war of words between the United States and North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.
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In his first address to the United Nations in New York, Mr Trump also threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. This is a common statement for them, but one that has less and less meaning with a president who has already ruled out all the non-war options.
"Ri can now be safely identified as one of North Korea's top policy makers", Madden told Reuters news agency. Other countries have agreed to reduce the presence of North Korean guest workers, the Journal reported.
In North Korea, the leadership has always been paranoid about inside threats.
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State media announced that several other high-ranking cadres were promoted to the Central Committee in what the South Korean unification ministry said could be an attempt by North Korea to navigate a way through its increasing isolation.
North Korea has long defended its nuclear program as essential to defend the country against U.S. aggression, pointing to the experience of countries like Iraq and Libya.
A week ago, Trump said that the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with Kim Jong-un, whom he calls "Little Rocket Man". Donald Trump is taking an already bad situation and making it much worse, escalating the tension almost to the point of war. "Nobody is going to mess with our people, nobody is going to play games, nobody is going to put our people in that kind of danger", Trump said at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on September 23.
As North Korea continues to develop its nuclear program, Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump are engaged in a war of words and threats. "Policy didn't work!" the United States president said in a Twitter post on Monday.
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Efforts by previous administrations have indeed not been able to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Its first ever nuclear test was on October 9, 2006. It has previously claimed the USA and South Korea have hatched a plot, named "Plan Jupiter", to kill Kim Jong-un. It came as the regime faces growing global pressure to curb its weapons drive following recent nuclear and missile tests.