Trump escalates 'fire and fury' threat to North Korea

Trump Threatens North Korea With'Fire and Fury

"The State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday the Trump administration is "singing from the same hymn book" in its reaction to North Korea's continued threats to unleash a nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the White House, State Department and Pentagon are all in agreement. However, a US official briefed on the assessment says the advancement does not mean North Korea has a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can survive reentry accurately.

Nauert said the pressure by the US and others on Pyongyang "is working".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army on April 26, 2017.

North Korea Threatens Guam
North Korea Threatens Guam

They urged Tillerson and the rest of the administration to make sure the rhetoric surrounding North Korea's threats is is met with the "utmost caution and restraint", saying the President would be held responsible by Congress and the American people if a "careless and ill-advised miscalculation results in conflict that endangers our service members and regional allies".

But adding to Tillerson's challenge in this case is that, more than six months into Trump's presidency, top State Department posts relevant to dealing with North Korea remain filled by officials serving on a temporary basis or are vacant.

North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation.

Mattis also stressed that while the State Department is seeking a diplomatic resolution, the USA and its allies are prepared to defeat any armed threat. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump's regime reacted to reports that North Korea had produced a compact nuclear warhead by warning the country that it would face consequences if it threatened the US.



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