Democratic lawmakers urge Tillerson to stop Trump's NK threats

Lucy Bush
August 13, 2017

During the radio interview, Gorka also pushed back on more levelheaded comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Americans should "sleep well at night" and "have no concerns" over the the threat of attacks from North Korea. "Put yourself in President Trump's shoes", he said.

Earlier this week, Gen. Kim Rak-Gyom, who heads North Korea's rocket command, said in a statement carried by state media that Pyongyang was "about to take" military action near the US territory of Guam.

"President Trump said that North Korea's threats against the United States, if they continue, will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before".

President Donald Trump says he's planning to add billions of dollars to the nation's anti-missile programs. In response, North Korea announced it was developing plans for a missile strike against Guam.

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The last conflict between the US 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.

He points out the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted last week to characterize North Korea's statements as a "threat to the world's community".

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.in tackling this threat and many others".

"On the situation on the Korean peninsula obviously the Secretary General remains extremely concerned by the ongoing situation; he's troubled by the increase in confrontational rhetoric that we've seen", a spokesman for Guterres said.

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Gorka's statements come amid confusion about the administration's policy toward North Korea after a series of statements that have been dramatically different in tone and have sent starkly different messages.

The issue came to the fore again this week when USA 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 US or its allies.

There are about 29,000 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea.

The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

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It also said that China and Russian Federation should enhance coordination to let other parties know they would not stand aside should their security be threatened by the escalating tensions.

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