The US army flew two essential bombers over Korean Peninsula in a show of might as President Donald Trump assembled with major defense officials to debate how to answer to any hazard from North Korea.
Trump is being unpredictable, he continued, which is "essential".
Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals. "So yeah, be ready, and from a congressional perspective, we have to give the military all the resources they need there is a readiness crisis right now that has got to be alleviated".
"Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing".
"Through the practice this time, South Korean and United States air forces showed off the allies' resolve for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it added.
The briefing by his defence secretary James Mattis and top military officer General Joseph Dunford "focussed on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", according to a brief statement from the White House.
In May, South Korea said a large amount of data had been stolen and that North Korea may have instigated the cyber-attack - but gave no details of what was taken. That's what we are on track for.the president is right. "You don't know where the line is for them, and where they say, 'I'm going to push this button'".
Meanwhile, China has always calculated that having North Korea on its border is a better buffer zone than it would have by allowing a unified Korean peninsula, said Kinzinger.
A South Korean Aegis destroyer has also been deployed.
Also, a top Central Intelligence Agency official for the Korean Peninsula, said that the United States was expecting some new provocation from Kim on October 10. "Their calculation has changed".