Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say U.S. ready to respond

  • Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say U.S. ready to respond

Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say U.S. ready to respond

Trump's remarks have prompted a reaction in China, where the state-controlled Global Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that if North Korea launched missiles at the U.S., it should "stay neutral", sending a warning to Pyongyang that Beijing would not support the regime if it made a first move.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said. He's the fourth in line to the presidency.

Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, adamantly denied reports that he dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's role in the North Korea crisis in a radio interview. During brief remarks to reporters on Tuesday, the president threatened nuclear strikes against the regime of Kim Jong-un if it issues threats against the United States, saying the military will retaliate with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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

"Since the early 1990s we've used the NY channel as a way of communicating with Pyongyang because we don't have diplomatic relations with North Koreans", said Joel Wit, a former State Department employee and the founder of 38 North, a website for expert analysis on North Korea.

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

"We want to use diplomacy".

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

The North Korea threat has been a foreign policy priority for the Trump administration since it took office in January, but it has taken center stage since Pyongyang test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.

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 US citizens living in South Korea.

"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.

"China should make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US territories and triggers USA retaliations, China will stay neutral".

Gorka told the BBC that, "it is the job of Secretary Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally today", Gorka continued.