Tillerson’s comments Sunday come amid soaring tensions between the US and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang.
Trump did not make clear to what he was referring, but his comments seemed to be a further suggestion that military action was on his mind.
A US official acknowledged indications that North Korea could be preparing for the test on or around October 10, the anniversary of the ruling party.
Russia’s view is that North Korea’s transformation into a nuclear state is permanent and irreversible and the best the West can hope for is for Pyongyang to freeze elements of its programme.
Tillerson said during a trip to China that the US had multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang, expressing hope for reducing tensio
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that communication was happening directly and cited two or three US channels open to Pyongyang.
North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, who was in New York yesterday, accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country.
US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew east of North Korea in a show of force after a heated exchange of rhetoric between Trump and Kim over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire,” Kim said in the statement carried by the KCNA state news agency.
Faced with the reality that North Korea could soon be able to strike American soil, how willing will the US be to come to Japan’s aid while its own security is at risk.
Worry over US-North Korea relations rises in South Korea as citizens buy more gold and ready-to-eat meals, and the government expands civil defence drills.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump that the North Korean nuclear issue needs a peaceful resolution on a telephone call and called on the “relevant side” to exercise restraint, state television said.
Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after North Korea threatened to fire four missiles near the US territory’s shores.
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North Korea freed a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence on humanitarian grounds hours after Trump warned he would counter North Korea’s threats with “fire and fury”.
A ban on travel by US passport holders to North Korea will take effect on September 1 and Americans in the country should leave before that date, the US State Department said on Wednesday.
North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental US, two US officials said on Monday.
China’s vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao believes that the economic issues should not be politicised.
This move comes after North Korea threatened a physical response against the US and South Korean THAAD missile defence system.
The launch comes after the US and South Korea decided to deploy an anti-missile system to counter threats from Pyongyang.
US sanctioned North Korea leaders recently over rights abuses and has now asked other countries to curb the use of North Korean workers.
Experts claim this move will not achieve the desired objective.
The Japanese government sources said there were again signs that North Korea might be preparing a launch of the intermediate-range Musudan missile, the same missile it attempted to launch in May.
Pyongyang is holding two US citizens, both of whom it has tried and sentenced to hard labour.
North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, vowed in 2013 to restart all nuclear facilities, including the main reactor and the smaller plant at Yongbyon, which was shut down in 2007 as part of an international disarmament-for-aid deal that later collapsed.
Clinton’s remarks were intended in part to show she would not be cowed and that she could go toe-to-toe with him in scornful put-downs.
Other Democrats have expressed confidence in Clinton’s position and her move to assail Trump on foreign policy.
US law already generally prohibited American financial institutions from engaging in transactions with North Korean institutions, but the Treasury’s latest actions would impose additional controls.
Pyongyang has said the Republican candidate was “not screwy or ignorant” and a “wise choice for president”.