Jennifer Rubin: North Korea options

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula during a phone conversation on Friday, the White House said in a statement.

The United States to protect itself and maintain worldwide credibility has little choice but to make a disarming strike, at least against the two North Korean satellites, that might be nuclear-armed for EMP attack, orbiting over the US, and against the dozen North Korean road-mobile ICBMs now deployed.

The recent successful missile tests do not prove that North Korea has a flawless system, said Catherine Dill, senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California.

A White House national security official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the Pentagon has contingency plans for any crisis that are updated constantly to provide the president with options and that there was nothing new about the USA readiness stance.

Trump refused to say whether he has ordered a change in military readiness. And he's not going to threaten the United States.

The same sentiment was echoed in another letter sent to South Korean President Moon Jae-In by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK), which represents millions of Christians in the peninsula.

Major Christian groups in the United States, South Korea, and across the globe, however, are now beseeching Trump to end his war of words before it escalates into something fare more real.

"They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk", he wrote on Twitter. "What they've been doing, what they've been getting away with, is a tragedy and it can't be allowed".

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", he said.

Mr Trump said on Thursday that threat earlier this week to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough, triggering fresh selling in global financial markets. "Nobody, including North Korea, will be threatening us with anything", he added.

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Tensions have escalated since North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the military is ready to counter the threat from North Korea, but also said the effort is being "diplomatically led".

The president addressed Russia's expulsion of USA diplomats from Moscow, the FBI's raid on former campaign director Paul Manafort's home, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and more.

Australia, a long-time U.S. ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the United States is attacked by North Korea.

Trump capped a week of escalating rhetoric with yet another warning on Friday that if Kim makes any "overt threat" or strike at a U.S. territory or ally "he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

President Trump suggested Friday that US military forces were standing by to attack should North Korea launch a missile at American territory.

Newsweek reports that on Friday, a North Korean general responded on state media and "slammed Trump [for] spending his time 'on the golf links, ' which showed the president did not 'grasp the ongoing grave situation'".

The warnings from Trump come as China - North Korea's primary ally - issued a veiled warning to the U.S.

Trump added that the US would be putting more money into its $40 billion ballistic missile defense system.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. "Please say hello to the people of Guam". She says she'd like see the president's tough talk dial down. It has a strategically located US air base, a Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military service members.

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