"Well, it depends on the nature of the threat, right?" he said on ABC's "This Week".
The United States must take into account the tragic failure of appeasement and Kim Jong Un's ultimate aim of reunifying the Korean peninsula in its response to the communist regime's threats of nuclear attack, contends talk-radio host and author Michael Savage. "But we're closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said. "I feel very comfortable with the technology that we have".
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) backed away from an earlier claim that President Trump was acting more irresponsibly than North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
Last week Trump vowed to rain down "fire and fury" on the Hermit Kingdom if Kim continues to threaten to strike the U.S. or its allies with nuclear weapons after the United Nations Security Council imposed strict economic sanctions against the country.
This is a stark contrast to Trump's earlier Friday comments, which claimed that the USA was "locked and loaded" for a retaliatory act against North Korea should they attack Guam as they'd claimed to have planned. The North's nuclear tests have also irked the US. "Then, what will you say?" On Thursday, Trump said his previous statement may not have been tough enough.
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"And that includes a very, a very determined diplomatic effort led by our Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson]".
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that while there is no "imminent" threat from North Korea, he expects the regime to to continue working on its weapons development program.
According to the source, the talks are being held between Ambassador Joseph Yun, the US special representative for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's United Nations mission, using what's known as the "New York channel", which has been an avenue of communication between the USA and North Korea throughout the years.
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison explained.
Following that vote, reports indicated that the country has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of fitting on a missile.