Regarding President Donald Trump's response to North Korea's latest missile test, even his handwritten notes are making news.
A piece of paper with notes, written in black marker and block capitals, was spotted on the desk in front of him on Nov. 28, when he addressed reporters about the missile launch, reports the Daily Mail.
"Missile was launched from North Korea -- will take care of it," the note read.
"A missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea," the president spoke. "I will only tell you that we will take care of it. It is a situation that we will handle."
The statement recalled Trump's ominous statement in July, when he threatened North Korea with "fire and fury, and frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen," as historian Bruce Cumings noted at the time in an opinion piece in The Guardian.
North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile was the first in more than two months, and went "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken," in the words of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who warned that Pyongyang could soon threaten "everywhere in the world."
According to the Pentagon, the missile flew about 620 miles before splashing down within 200 nautical miles of Japan's coast.
David Wright, a co-director and senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote on the organization's blog that the missile appeared to have a realistic range of just over 8,000 miles.
"Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington, DC, and in fact any part of the continental United States," he observed.
The launch was condemned as "violent" by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and "reckless" by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Representatives from those two countries, along with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, will hold an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Nov. 29.
Professor Cumings, one of the world's leading experts on North Korea, gave a lecture at Boston College on Nov. 22 about the increasing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, reports the student newspaper The Heights.
"Anyone who talks about conquering North Korea, waiting for it to collapse, or decapitating its leadership will have to reckon with its army," which is the fourth largest in the world, he explained. "To defeat North Korea would be an endeavor that the U.S. has not amounted to since World War II."
Cumings also described the general media coverage of North Korea as "caricature-esque" and ignorant. "Do not believe most of what you hear, they are mostly just scare stories," he said.
Cumings concluded with an opinion regarding how to deal with the escalating crisis. "We need to start giving out carrots as well as sticks," he advised.