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State Department expected to address latest North Korea threats in news briefing

State Department expected to address latest North Korea threats in news briefing

And U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday appeared to downplay the possibility of armed conflict.

"These statements are irresponsible and risky, 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.

The Pentagon has prepared a plan involving a B-1B heavy bomber attack against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea which is ready should President Trump, as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, decide to order an attack, NBC News reported.

Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

"My mission, my responsibility is to have military options if you need it", Mattis said.

Mattis's comments came shortly after President Donald Trump warned North Korea it should be "very, very nervous" if it thinks of attacking America, and doubled down on a vow to rain "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it continued to threaten the US.

"On the situation on the Korean peninsula obviously the Secretary General remains extremely concerned by the ongoing situation; he's troubled by the increase in confrontational rhetoric that we've seen", a spokesman for Guterres said.

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South Korea's presidential office says top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong will chair a national security council meeting in the afternoon to discuss the North Korean threats. "How often do you see France, China, Russia and the USA ... voting unanimously on any issue?"

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The Kim Jong-Un regime has said it now has the capability of striking the USA mainland after two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month.

There are about 29,000 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea.

Tillerson's call for talks with North Korea is "strongly" supported by the 62 lawmakers and should be followed by an effort to minimize the preconditions, they said.

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.


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