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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned the government of Prime Minister Theresa May against taking part in any military action against North Korea, amid a standoff that has put the North on a collision course with the United States.

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

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".

"The time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now", Rep. Ellison said.

In a short interview after the speech, Ellison dialed back the Kim-Trump comparison. "If you don't want to be a deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy immediately".

Upon leaving the panel, Ellison sought to do damage control, telling The Washington Post's Dave Weigel that he wished he had not made the remark.

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"I mean, this guy has been around for a while and if there is going to be a serious conversation here about the future of the Korean peninsula, it has to be conducted in clear, bottom line, but quiet terms between one administration and the other". I'd say he's being incredibly irresponsible and he's putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch.

"I think that the president unfortunately has elevated [North Korean Supreme Leader] Kim Jong-Un now", McCaskill told the crowd, according to the Daily Journal Online.

Former Director of US Intelligence James Clapper said he doesn't foresee a situation where Kim would be willing to give up his missiles.

Earlier this week Donald Trump vowed that Washington would respond to further threats with "fire and fury", while Pyongyang has accused the USA president of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

Ellison's comment about Trump and Kim drew quick fire from the Republican National Committee.

Ahrens was not alone in his criticism, as many reactions on Twitter agreed.

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