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Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:32

Trump's national security adviser says U.S. no closer to war with North Korea than a week ago

Written by  John Wagner
National security adviser H.R. McMaster defended President Trump's threats against North Korea on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

National security adviser H.R.

McMaster on Sunday defended President Trump’s escalating rhetoric directed at North Korea and said that he does not believe that the United States is any closer to war than it was a week ago.

“We have a very high degree of readiness, so the United States military is always locked and loaded, but the purpose of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war,” McMaster said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

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McMaster’s comments followed a week during which Trump warned of “fire and fury” and said the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues to threaten the United States with his development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Trump also made clear that the United States would not tolerate any action taken against the U.S. territory of Guam, as North Korea has threatened.

McMaster said that Trump “made clear that the United States will not tolerate our citizens or our allies being threatened by this rogue regime.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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