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Trump again cites 'military' option against North Korea

Trump again cites 'military' option against North Korea

The Labour leader's warning comes after he called on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to hold direct talks "in the interest of sanity".

They further warned that Trump would be held responsible by Congress and the American people if a "careless and ill-advised miscalculation results in conflict that endangers our service members and regional allies". I'd say he's being incredibly irresponsible and he's putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch.

"No, I don't think so".

"At the end of the day if the North Koreans evolve into a fully replete nuclear weapons state with ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) with miniaturised warheads on top then, well, the Chinese view is, the USA will then just have to accept that reality", Mr Rudd said.

After the telephones talks on Saturday, the White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed the increasingly risky situation associated with North Korea's destabilizing and escalatory behavior.

Air Force F-16 fighter landed on Thursday at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea. Credit Yonhap via
Air Force F-16 fighter landed on Thursday at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea. Credit Yonhap via

That prompted Trump to reassure citizens of the United States territory that the American military was prepared to ensure their safety.

According to the White House, Trump and Xi affirmed that the recent adoption of a new UN Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula", it cited the Chinese president as saying.

Mr. Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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