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United States lawmakers: Trump remarks "boon to N. Korea"

United States lawmakers: Trump remarks

He said he wouldn't discuss any potential military options, but he did say the USA would retaliate if North Korea attacks Guam, which is a US territory. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

On Thursday, North Korean state media detailed a plan to launch four intermediate-range missiles toward the territory, suggesting that it would splash the Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea less than 25 miles Guam's coast. A classmate's mother was punished in a public execution that I was made to attend.

North Korea "should be very, very nervous". There have been no significant changes in America's nuclear power as a result.

Asserting that United States would not be initiating the disarmament rump said,"Until such a time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation on Earth by far".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is no "imminent threat" from North Korea, despite Trump's remarks the day before.

Trump's statement about overall nuclear strength is debatable.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis earlier issued North Korea with a dramatic ultimatum, calling on Pyongyang to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people".

"The American people should sleep well at night", he said.

"Right now you can hear the screws turning on Aegis ships steaming somewhere between North Korea and Guam", said Tom Karako, director of the missile defense project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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"It's too much grandeur, bluster", said Richard Ridenhour, an Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq.

Instead, she said, the president's threat was a play to demonstrate toughness to his political base "followed by more nuanced cleanup operations on the part of Tillerson and Mattis, who are walking a political tightrope".

It said modernisation efforts underway include new nuclear-capable submarines, bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia would not automatically be drawn into any war between North Korea and the United States.

In an apparent response to Trump's tweet, a statement issued by North Korea's official KCNA news agency claimed the president is "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war".

Ms Bishop says Australia has been in "constant discussion" with the United States over the issue, but it wouldn't necessarily be drawn into conflict, should matters escalate that far.

BENNETT: And the president also sounded pessimistic about finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korean threat.

It also said that China and Russian Federation should enhance coordination to let other parties know they would not stand aside should their security be threatened by the escalating tensions.


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