Pentagon Ready to 'Fight Tonight' as Tensions Between US, North Korea Escalate

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The pictures were released by North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA on Saturday, along with a statement which said: 'The "sanctions resolution" is no more than the last-ditch efforts of those frightened by the might of [North Korea]'.

Britain, America's top European ally, could formally refuse Donald Trump's call for help in waging war against North Korea, so long as Kim Jong-un does not strike Hawaii or the U.S. mainland.

"You have this guy [Trump] making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", Ellison said.

The Labour leader's intervention comes after China's president warned the U.S. and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Mr Trump said Kim would "truly regret" military action.

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 think we're not closer to war than a week ago", McMaster said on ABC's "This Week".

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have dramatically escalated in recent days.

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

North Korea has responded in kind, assuring the United States of "total defeat" in the event of a war and claiming it is preparing for an attack on the American military base in Guam in mid-August.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is a "hard-arse" and US President Donald Trump should use clear, quiet diplomacy instead of tweets in dealing with China on North Korea, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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