North Korea threatens 'super-mighty' strike on U.S.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that Kim Jong-un is a 'nutjob'. For months, Kim has issued threats to use both missiles and nuclear weapons against the United States or South Korea.

Trump has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the USA with a nuclear missile.

After North Korea failed to successfully test a medium-range missile last week, Vice President Mike Pence said at the Demilitarized Zone that the era of "strategic" patience with North Korean malfeasance and nuclear brinksmanship was over.

The US is looking for ways to pressure North Korea into denuclearisation.

Mattis denounced North Korea's attempted missile launch as he began a Middle East tour, telling reporters traveling with him to Saudi Arabia, "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile", he said.

But Vice President Mike Pence this week held out the possibility of holding negotiations with North Korea, saying the USA was seeking security through negotiations.

As tensions continue to rise, the world remains fixated on the nuclear showdown between North Korea and the United States, the subject of the week's Rasmussen Minute.

Trump responded by saying he doesn't "want to telegraph" what he's "doing or thinking", but went on to suggest the time for talk is over.

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Pence said the worldwide community, and China in particular, should put more diplomatic and economic pressure to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms and missiles. Russia's United Nations embassy earlier said that the U.S. delegation tried to deviate from the standard wording and exclude the call for a peaceful settlement through dialogue.

'We are in very good shape, and we're building our military rapidly, ' he said.

They came hours after state media in Pyongyang warned that a pre-emptive strike by North Korea would result in the USA and South Korea being "completely destroyed in an instant".

The term "reckless" is one the North Koreans have used to describe ongoing large-scale USA and South Korean military exercises, which the North calls a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

"USA officials have said that all options are on the table in an apparent reference to military strikes, while North Korean officials have also rattled their sabres and warned the United States of a devastating first strike".

But that is risky, not only because a cornered Kim might do just about anything but also because such a strike would nearly certainly invoke Article 2 of the 1961 Sino-North Korean Treaty that legally requires China to aid North Korea in case of an attack.

The isolated country's military will mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday amid speculation Pyongyang will use the occasion to test-launch a ballistic missile or conduct a nuclear test. "It can cause North Korea to revisit prior assumptions and to kind of rethink the situation, but it's unclear yet whether that's going to have a sufficient effect to actually bring this to a good conclusion".

"The truth seems to be that the USA military and president jointly created fake news and it is without doubt a rare scandal in US history, which will be bound to cripple Trump's and US dignity", it said.