After a week of incendiary language from President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, administration officials on Sunday tried to tamp down fears that the two nations are on the brink of a nuclear war.
"I think the North Koreans understand that if they take the wrong step, it's the end of the regime, period", Mr. Panetta said on CBS's "Face the Nation".
Pompeo said "there's nothing imminent today", in response to a question about how anxious should people be over the escalating tensions.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo expanded on the potential for war, saying, "What I'm talking about is, I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war".
Dunford's trip, which is part of his Northeast Asia tour, draws attention as it comes amid North Korea's threats of attack against the United States and South Korea. But he said the language did not mean that war is inevitable or even near. "But we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".
There's no "imminent" threat of a nuclear war between the USA and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump's threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for "certain actions". On Friday, the day after Tillerson came home, Trump tweeted that the USA military was "fully in place, locked and loaded" for an attack on North Korea.
McMaster backed up Trump's comments that the military was "locked and loaded."
"The United States military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said. Our government must press for measured responses to bring the temperature down. He's to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday.
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, and duplicated the feat on July 28.
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Others have been more critical of Trump's threats.
Mullen said he fears that things could spin "out of control".
Questioned about Trump's comment, McMaster said the U.S. is always prepared.
Both "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the White House said in a statement. In the past, Beijing has initially carried out each round of sanctions, only to backslide. Most recently, the United Nations unanimously voted to impose tough economic sanctions against North Korea. An op-ed published in China's Global Times newspaper suggested that Beijing will not come to the aid of the North Korean regime, should it initiate a military confrontation.
It has been reported that North Korea intends to be ready to launch its missile strike by "mid-August".
Dunford said last month that it was "unimaginable" to allow North Korea to develop the capability to strike a US city with a nuclear weapon.
"He responds to adverse circumstances", he said. Combined Forces Command and the head of Korea's national security council, will also attend, said the official, who asked not to be identified.
"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding the Trump administration was prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.
"We can not play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. That's the best message you can deliver to someone who's putting America at risk".
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