North Korea Says Trump 'Lit a Fuse of War'

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Trump even said that diplomatic efforts have not worked in dealing with North Korea.

'We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words'.

Some 67 percent of Americans are very or extremely concerned about the threat North Korea's nuclear weapons program poses to the United States.

"The current situation - when the United States 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.

On Tuesday, Trump discussed a "range of options" with his top defence officials on how to respond to any aggression by North Korea.

Still, North Korea tested an ICBM that experts said was capable of reaching some parts of the U.S.

Trump's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, later said that the president was telegraphing with the statement that "military options are on the table".

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In an interview with Russia's state-run TASS news agency Wednesday, North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump's "belligerent and insane statement" to the UN General Assembly last month "lighted the fuse of war against us".

The U.S. Air Force bombers and the South Korean fighters then conducted a second firing exercise over the Yellow Sea, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On Saturday, he dismissed past nuclear agreements with the regime, saying "only one thing will work". "Hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of USA negotiators".

Asked by a TASS reporter if dialogue between North Korea and the United States is possible, Ri said it is not.

"There's one thing that the U.S. Army can do, and that is you've got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed", Mattis said. This has the unfortunate effect of both goading Kim Jong Un into undertaking potentially more reckless behavior, as well as raising fear of confrontation among USA allies - South Korea and Japan - who would have to bear the brunt of any conflict that did break out.

'Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer, ' Ri said, threatening to shoot down American aircraft from worldwide airspace. Kim responded with dire threats and insults of his own, calling President 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 of 1,150 adults was conducted September 28-Oct.

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