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Mattis praises diplomatic effort to deal with North Korea

13 August 2017

President Trump's "locked and loaded" remark on Friday - part of his ongoing exchange with the North Korean regime - might have set the world more on edge.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said.

On Wednesday night, North Korea's military said President Donald Trump's warning of "fire and fury" if it threatens the a "load of nonsense".

U.S. intelligence reports claiming that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear bomb to fit on top of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States have prompted Trump to threaten massive retaliation if Pyongyang attacks.

The DPRK recently announced that it was making plans to launch a missile into waters miles from the US occupied territory of Guam, which is where the U.S.'s B-1 bombers are stationed.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the tackling this threat and many others".

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According to Gorka, Tillerson had no right to say such a thing and instead refused to rule out full-blown war.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy".

Gorka's statements come amid confusion about the administration's policy toward North Korea after a series of statements that have been dramatically different in tone and have sent starkly different messages.

And he points to another sign that the not moving toward war with North Korea: There have been no efforts to evacuate the at least 150,000 USA citizens living in South Korea.

"It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, to talk about the military options".

South Korea's military says North Korea will face a "stern and strong" response from Washington and Seoul if it acts on threats to fire missiles near Guam.

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.

Mattis praises diplomatic effort to deal with North Korea