Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages On North Korea

US Defense Secretary issues stark warning to North Korea

US Defense Secretary issues stark warning to North Korea

"Of course I do", Mattis told reporters enroute to Seattle onboard a military aircraft on August 10.

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.

Tillerson repeatedly says that the US is interested in dialogue with North Korea, while US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley declared July 31 that "the time for talk is over".

He said on Thursday that the "rhetoric is up to the President".

Tillerson is pointing to new pressure the world is putting on North Korea, including sweeping new U.N. sanctions that the United States orchestrated.

Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of U.S. ally Australia, said he had discussed North Korea and recent United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in a telephone call on Thursday.

The comments put Tillerson once again in the role of translating the president's aggressive rhetoric into more diplomatic terms, and of working to minimize the chances of a public panic.

Many noted that the wording echoed Harry Truman's warning at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

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The Russian ambassador to UN, Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, said it is "our strong wish is that the United States keeps calm and refrains from any moves that would provoke another party into actions that might be unsafe". "You've got a insane man. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Trump tweeted. But if the US military is preparing for a major conflict, there is little evidence of it. Mexican officials freaked out. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

Trump's "fire and fury" remarks prompted warnings from US officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical games with Pyongyang. Haley said that as the United States declined to seek UN Security Council action after Pyongyang's second ICBM test that month. In fact, "If we have to, we'll go to war", Graham said.

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Tillerson is speaking after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged threats that have raised concerns about a potential military confrontation. "That's the story now, not what might happen in September".

Tillerson on Wednesday explained the rhetoric as a way to speak to Kim in words he understands.

And, when Trump attacked the "FAKE NEWS media", which he proclaimed "the enemy of the American People", Pence swabbed the decks, saying: "Rest assured, both the president and I strongly support a free and independent press". Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, took a turn after Trump declared: "The Germans are bad, very bad".

At the ASEAN gathering, Tillerson said the USA had success in pushing for increased isolation of North Korea, including full implementation of new United Nations sanctions.

Most missile tests are off limits to missile defenses, because they don't go through forbidden areas; a shot just off a major US base would be fair game, though.

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