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Olympics could open North Korea -- Rex Tilley

14 August 2017

Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it made further threats against the US, and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been "tough enough" after the threats from North Korea continued.

"All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the USA thousands of times", North Korea's Rodong Sinmun, the Workers' Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency, RT reported.

The restrictions came after North Korea's latest missile tests, which it claimed involved the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the United States territory of Guam, some 3,200 km from North Korea. "Kim Jong Un - the world always thought he was not a responsible leader".

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"That back channel can lead to a formal agreement that will resolve this crisis", said Perry, who in the waning days of the Clinton administration almost secured a missile agreement with North Korea.

Meanwhile, James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said he feared the president's rhetoric could "spiral" out of control into a global conflict. I don't think we are there yet.

But hope hasn't gotten me far lately, so I figure we should prepare for the worst.

I'm hopeful cooler heads in our military and government will prevail.

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The escalation in rhetoric between the two countries has led President Trump to warn Pyongyang that he now has in place operational plans to attack North Korea should it dare attack Guam.

The US president also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping by phone to discuss rising tensions over North Korea, it said.

China, because of this view, will only do a few things to try and talk North Korea into coming around to a more reasonable posture.

White House officials have insisted the investigation is not created to apply additional pressure on China as it relates to North Korea despite the president's previous remarks that he would be more amenable on trade if China stopped Pyongyang's nuclear program. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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