McMaster: US no closer to war with N. Korea in past week

Preemptive strike against North Korea on the table

Preemptive strike against North Korea on the table

The warning came after President Trump said the United States would respond with "fire and fury" to any threat from North Korea. Pyongyang claimed that its latest missile, test-fired on July 4, can deliver a "large, heavy nuclear warhead" to the United States continent.

Trump said that Pyongyang should not be more advanced threats to Washington.

"You have this guy [Trump] making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", Ellison said. "I think we're not closer to war than a week ago", McMaster said on ABC's "This Week".

"I hope people learn from history and don't repeat that".

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

The US is ready along with its allies to apply the full range of diplomatic, economic and military measures to stop the North Korean nuclear menace, President Donald Trump told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Satruday.

"They discussed the need to confront the increasingly unsafe situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior،" the White House said in a statement.

"Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula", it cited the Chinese president as saying.

Mr Rudd said Mr Trump was unique to past USA presidents dating back to 1993 who have dealt with the North Korean regime because he sees a virtue in his own strategic unpredictability. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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