U.S. 'taking all possible actions' to defend against North Korea

U.S. 'taking all possible actions' to defend against North Korea

US President Donald Trump this week warned North Korea he would respond with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Kim's regime did not cease to issue threats to the US and its allies.

"This crisis has to be solved diplomatically, and obviously the public statements are not very diplomatic", said former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, who served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 and was part of a diplomatic mission to North Korea in 1999.

"Well, it depends on the nature of the threat, right?" he said on ABC's "This Week". "But we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".

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.

The state media earlier this week showed images of a mobilisation of tens of thousands of citizens parading through Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang carrying banners in defence of Kim Jong-un and denouncing the latest United Nations sanctions. North Korea has previously mobilised large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.

The Washington Post reported last week that North Korea had developed the ability to make a miniature nuclear warhead that it could fit inside its missiles.

North Korea and its totalitarian leader, Kim Jong Un, have again been thrust into the center of global media attention this week after its government threatened to fire missiles at a United States pacific territory.

"There's nothing imminent today", Pompeo told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday", asked what kind of threat the U.S.is facing.

Mr Rudd said Mr Trump was unique to past U.S. presidents dating back to 1993 who have dealt with the North Korean regime because he sees a virtue in his own strategic unpredictability.

"It would seem to me you would need a higher-level back channel if you're going to have a deal on a nuclear program or missile program", Galbraith said.

Now it was on countries like China and Russian Federation along with US allies like South Korea and Japan to work in tandem to get nuclear weapons out of the region.