For the White House, the budding détente scrambles its strategy of pressuring the North, with sanctions and threats of military action, to give up its nuclear arsenal.
Monthly tests are the latest in similar readiness steps by Hawaii amid renewed tensions between the United States and North Korea.
An offer to negotiate coupled with a missile test lays bare an internal debate over whether diplomatic or military pressure can change Pyongyang’s course.
The White House has been sending different signals to Kim Jong-un, a master at keeping his adversaries unsettled.
President Trump and his aides coordinated their response to North Korea’s nuclear missile test at his Florida club without retiring to a secure location.