Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump aide says Tillerson's role is diplomatic, not military

Trump aide says Tillerson's role is diplomatic, not military

Trump said last night that his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea may not have been tough enough.

"That would be the clearest indication that we were headed toward war", Pollack says.

US military strategists at the Pentagon have a military solution in place to address the growing threat emanating from North Korea, but they are holding their fire in favor of ongoing diplomatic efforts by Washington and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday.

"These statements are irresponsible and unsafe, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda, which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people", the letter read.

"How often do you see France, China, Russia, the USA voting unanimously on any issue?" "He's fourth in line to the presidency", Nauert said.

'But of course if North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously awful consequences will follow, and there's no point ducking that inevitable effect, ' he said, promising Australian military support for the United States if it was attacked.

ELIZABETH CLAMAN (GUEST HOST): I would be remiss if we didn't bring up what just happened at the secretary of state's spokesperson's meeting before the press.

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

USA 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 the past has had an envoy for North Korea, but Dujarric says "every situation is different and it's important not to make empty gestures". President Trump has made revamping US missile defense systems a top objective for the Pentagon since taking office.

CLAMAN: So you're denying that you said it's inappropriate, perhaps, for Rex Tillerson to have told the American people to calm down?

"In theory it can show the administration understands that in order to accomplish things it not only needs to adopt maximum pressure, but also have some discussion with the North Korea", Wit said.

North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers.

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