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Trump Team Evaluating a Response to North Korean Aggression

11 October 2017

North Korea has accused Donald Trump of "lighting the wick of war" as the hermit nation issued a fresh threat to the United States.

"Now it is the United States' turn to pay, and all of our military servicemen and our entire people insistently demand that final scores be settled with the Americans only with a hail of fire, and not with words", TASS quoted the minister as saying.

"The current situation - when the U.S. resorts to maximum pressure and sanctions, to outrageous military threats against the DPRK - is not at all an atmosphere to negotiate", Ri said, according to TASS.

"The information gathering and discussion centered on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", Sanders said in this brief note.

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Earlier this week news came out that the United Kingdom, a key US ally and NATO member, has been drawing up military plans for a potential armed conflict with North Korea.

Trump on Tuesday met his top advisors, including Defence Secretary James Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House said.

The spokesman said: "The evil cycle of escalation of tension persists and the danger of the outbreak of a nuclear war mounts on the Korean peninsula".

Continuing his Twitter thread, Murphy addressed Trump's impromptu comments after a recent meeting with USA military leaders during which he suggested the event was the "calm before the storm" while refusing to disclose what he was talking about.

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On Saturday, he dismissed past nuclear agreements with the regime, saying "only one thing will work". "The agreements have been violated even before the ink is dry", he continued.

The most senior U.S. general recently told the American army to "stand ready" for war with North Korea. "Sorry, but there's only one thing that will work", concluded the billionaire, without further details. "You don't know where the line is for them, and where they say, 'I'm going to push this button'".

"Maybe it's the calm before the storm", he said. The poll was conducted about a week after Trump intensified rhetorical exchanges with his counterpart Kim Jong-un. Kim responded by calling Trump "deranged" and a "dotard". Of those, 45 percent says the president has made made the "much worse", while less than ten percent think he's making the situation better.

The AP-NORC poll, with an error margin of +/- 4.1 percent, was conducted September 28-Oct.

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Trump Team Evaluating a Response to North Korean Aggression