Military tensions in the Far East continue grow as another big anniversary in North Korea approaches.
Will a war of words give way to weapons?
On Tuesday, North Korea celebrates the foundation of its "People's Army" in 1932.
The U.S., China and Russia are taking precautions in case there's a show of force that might warrant strong reactions.
South Korea and Japan are also on alert.
North Korea likes to roll out its latest missiles for public displays.
Elsewhere, hopes are that none will be launched on Tuesday. And if there is, that it'll quickly self-destruct as one did last weekend.
Tuesday also happens to be the day senior diplomats from the U.S., South Korea and Japan are scheduled to meet in Tokyo, to talk about tamping down North Korea's aggressive posture.
Its warnings about attacking American targets as well as its neighbors aren't being taken lightly.
In Friday’s recording session for Sunday's edition of NBC 7’s "Politically Speaking", which airs Sunday at 9 a.m., U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49th District) was asked about the dicey strategic situation.
"I think if the President and the Administration, and they do seem to understand it, the road is not some sort of negotiation with North Korea,” Issa replied. “It's a real understanding with China that they bear the responsibility that we will treat North Korea's wrongful behavior as China's problem, given to the world -- not a mutual problem between the United States and China about North Korea."
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council issued a resolution condemning North Korea's missile launch last Sunday.
The U.N. called it a "flagrant and provocative" defiance of "international obligations".
Is there a concern about partisan divides in Washington if the U.S. forcefully responds to possible aggressive moves by North Korea?
"It is a tumultuous time,” Issa acknowledged. “I think what's important, though, is that we have teams at the State Department, teams at the Department of Defense, that Republicans and Democrats can meet with, gain confidence in.
“And if the President takes their advice, we can join together to support it."