US President Donald Trump on Saturday reassured Guam it was secure amid mounting regional tensions, vowing that American military forces "stand ready" to safeguard the US Pacific island territory against a belligerent North Korea.
Mr Rudd, who just returned to the United States from a trip to China, said "the Chinese baseline conclusion" is Mr Trump's threat of unilateral military action against North Korea was just "one huge bluff".
"Well, it depends on the nature of the threat, right?" he said on ABC's "This Week". "But we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".
The Labour leader's warning comes after he called on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to hold direct talks "in the interest of sanity".
"That back channel can lead to a formal agreement that will resolve this crisis", said Perry, who in the waning days of the Clinton administration almost secured a missile agreement with North Korea.
"I think we're not closer to war than a week ago", the former Army general said.
CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war
President Donald Trump issued another strong warning to North Korea Friday . "He responds to adverse circumstances", he said. He said he doesn't think the U.S.is closer to war than a week ago, but closer to war than a decade ago.
"There's nothing imminent today", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
Asked if that meant that he does not expect any future missile tests, Pompeo said he is "quite confident" that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "will continue to try to develop a missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test". Russia, however, said that the missiles were intermediate range. "But make no mistake about it, the continuation, the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat and the investigation is going to treat it as such".
Mr Rudd said Mr Trump was unique to past United States presidents dating back to 1993 who have dealt with the North Korean regime because he sees a virtue in his own strategic unpredictability.
White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program.
Now it was on countries like China and Russian Federation along with US allies like South Korea and Japan to work in tandem to get nuclear weapons out of the region.