President Donald Trump said he would respond to further threats from North Korea with "fire and fury", and North Korea threatened to attack Guam, a USA territory.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, tells ABC's "This Week" that "we're not closer to war than a week ago, but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago". U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo also said that he has no intelligence that indicates an imminent nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea. However, he stressed the USA military is "locked and loaded" in case it needs to be called into action, echoing the same sentiment used last week by President Trump.
The Trump administration is applying a "peaceful pressure campaign" on North Korea, the heads of the Defense and State departments wrote in an op-ed on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the New York Times said that Trump's threats are a wild card in the showdown with North Korea.
North Korean officials in turn have accused the USA leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.
The chairman of Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the deputy commander of Republic of Korea-U.S.
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"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo said.
China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel its wayward ally to end its nuclear and missile programs.
He added, "That's exactly the policy of the Trump administration".
The op-ed emphasizes that "any attack will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an effective and overwhelming response" to North Korea. "We're taking all possible actions short of military action, to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world".
But Trump on Friday appeared to set another red line - the mere utterance of threats - that would trigger a USA attack against North Korea and "big, big trouble" for Kim. Recent statements by members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as other regional and global voices, have made clear the worldwide community holds one view regarding North Korea's provocative and risky actions: They must stop.
A man at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, on Sunday adjusts national flags on wire fences near ribbons carrying messages wishing for the reunif.