Mattis: North Korea diplomacy working despite Trump threats

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Pres. Donald Trump have had their differences but on Friday, the senator took to social media to defend the president amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea. It would also be essential to carefully watch how China reacts as the country sees North Korea as "a buffer zone" with the United States and others.

"My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed".

"You'll never have a diplomatic solution unless people over there believe America is serious about using military force", he said.

But Trump's talk of "fire and fury" this week could threaten those talks. At a minimum, Pyongyang would renew its long-standing demands for an end to joint U.S.

"Article I of the U.S. Constitution is very clear about that", Sullivan noted.

Host Don Lemon asked about Trump's attitudes on the intelligence community and Clapper noted that it seems Trump waffles back and forth on it.

"The Security Council passed a resolution unanimously over the weekend. The Secretary General welcomes all initiatives that will help deescalate tensions and welcomes a return to diplomacy".

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The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has insisted that diplomatic efforts to contain the threat posed by North Korea are working and the favoured means for resolve the crisis.

However, statements from North Korea suggest that no move will be made until the United States attacks North Korea first.

Jenny Town, a Korea expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said Yun and Pak are likely focusing on the fate of the three Americans still in North Korean hands.

Any negotiation would face huge skepticism in Washington given North Korea's long record of broken promises.

In response to Trump's warnings, North Korea threatened to launch medium-range missiles into waters around the US territory of Guam.

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