Keith Ellison: 'Irresponsible' Trump could bring about first strike by North Korea

"Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day, and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom, such as those that are stationed in South Korea and those soldier, sailors, airmen, and Marines that are stationed in northeast Asia or rotate there", he said.

President Trump, in contrast, Savage said, responded to Kim's threat to fire missiles that would strike near the USA territory of Guam with a warning that North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to meet USA military officials on Monday amid rising tensions on the peninsula. Trump also said the USA was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea.

North Korea said on Thursday plans would be completed by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land near the US Pacific island of Guam, 3,500 km (2,175 miles) away. "So between that and Trump's promise to unleash fire and fury at North Korea, you could be forgiven for your confusion about whether you're listening to the fictional Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones" or the very real President of the United States".

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The Trump-Xi phone call came as Japan set up a missile-defense system in western areas of the country, following a threat by North Korea to fire missiles over Japan toward the US territory of Guam. The general is also scheduled to visit China and Japan.

Pompeo - who was appointed by Trump to head the Central Intelligence Agency shortly after the president's November election - said the administration "has done a fine job of not drawing red lines that we're not prepared to enforce".

Savage, the author of the best-selling "Trump's War: His Battle for America", noted Kim's threats are more than just talk, "he's actually been firing missiles". I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first.

Jamil Jaffer, founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, said Trump's "muscular response" to North Korea was "the exact type of resolve we need to force the hand" of Pyongyang's "Chinese patrons". Beijing is North Korea's biggest economic partner and source of aid.

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