Attack from North Korea not imminent

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

Trump last week said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if leader Kim Jung Un followed through on a threat to execute a missile strike on nearby Guam, a USA territory with an American military base.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo and Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster, Donald Trump's national security adviser, said the U.S. can no longer stand by as North Korea develops nuclear missiles.

Calvo, a Republican, said Trump was being unfairly criticised over his handling of the North Korea crisis, which escalated when Pyongyang announced plans to launch missiles toward Guam in a "crucial warning". The American people should know that this administration is doing everything with its power.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with scientists and technicians following launch of intercontinental ballistic missile.

"The US military is locked and loaded every day", Mr McMaster said, repeating Mr Trump's threat.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States. In addition, North Korea threatened that its "military can fight any war the United States wishes".

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said during a visit to South Korea on Monday that the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea.




He also will discuss military options in the event the "diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign" fails.

The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies. The North Korean People's Army pushed back saying preparations were underway to launch a missile over Japan to land near the US territory of Guam.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior".

Kim also urged the United States to "show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a unsafe military clash", according to the KCNA report.

"There's nothing imminent", Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday".

President Trump has used confrontational rhetoric emphasizing US willingness to use force if necessary to prevent the Kim government from developing a long-range nuclear missile capable of hitting the USA mainland, but he has also indicated support for more direct talks.

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