Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

State Department Press Briefing on North Korea

State Department Press Briefing on North Korea

"While not a response to recent North Korean actions", the August 2 statement said, "the test demonstrates that the United States nuclear enterprise is safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies". He also held out hope that the tensions won't reach that point.

Also on Thursday afternoon, Trump answered reporters' questions at his New Jersey golf resort, where he is spending a 17-day "working vacation". NPR's Scott Horsley has more. "But if the North were to act, the US would have to deploy far more to the peninsula and the region as quickly as possible". "And of course there's a military solution". This continues a series of toughly worded messages from the president urging North Korea's leader not to test the USA resolve.

President Trump has made revamping USA missile defense systems a top objective for the Pentagon since taking office. And he will regret it fast. Trump's threats, Gorka said, were deadly serious.

"The rhetoric is up to the President", Mattis said. We will no longer allow this to continue.

Tillerson's call for talks with North Korea is "strongly" supported by the 62 lawmakers and should be followed by an effort to minimize the preconditions, they said.

Rather, the Mattis would like to see diplomacy prevail.

Mattis did not elaborate on the diplomatic results he referenced, but the UN Security Council at the weekend passed a new set of sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including bans on the export of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", Trump said.

In more tranquil terms, Tillerson sought to explain the thinking behind Trump's warning to Pyongyang that it would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it made more threats to the United States.

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"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said.

Mr Gorka, a security and counter- terrorism specialist little known in that field before his White House role, told media no one should listen to Mr Tillerson on military matters related to North Korea.

Tension in the region has risen since the reclusive North, which staged two nuclear bomb tests past year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

North Korea Gen. Kim Rak Gyom said Trump is "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers by making comments that showed his "senility" again. Hours earlier, North Korea's army had said in a statement it was exploring plans for attacking the tiny US territory, which houses USA military bases and is a common refueling stop for US government aircraft traversing the Pacific Ocean.

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