White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as "nonsensical"

White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as

In an interview with BBC radio, Gorka called it "nonsensical" for Tillerson to discuss military action against North Korea, saying that it was the job of Secretary of Defense James Mattis to discuss military options.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said Thursday that the US and South Korean militaries are prepared to "immediately and sternly punish" any kind of provocation by North Korea, but didn't elaborate on how the allies are preparing.

The last conflict between the USA and the DPRK, known in the U.S.as the "Korean War", resulted in massive infrastructure damage in North Korea, and the death of almost a third of their population. The escalation between the USA and North Korea has prompted the bookie to serve up a menu of North Korea specials for its punters.

In a lengthy exchange with reporters at his Bedminster golf resort, he said past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it was time a president "stuck up for the country".

Turnbull says: "The United States knows as we know and as Donald Trump reaffirmed. that America stands by its allies including Australia of course and we stand with the United States".

"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.

U.S. intelligence reports claiming that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear bomb to fit on top of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States have prompted Trump to threaten massive retaliation if Pyongyang attacks. "How often do you see France, China, Russia and the USA ... voting unanimously on any issue?"


Trump also says the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger.

North Korea Gen. Kim Rak Gyom said Trump is "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers by making comments that showed his "senility" again.

The Kim Jong-Un regime has said it now has the capability of striking the USA mainland after two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month.

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.

North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders.

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

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