Asked if the United States was ready if North Korea committed a hostile act, he said: "We are ready". "North Korea aims to propel the USA to negotiate with it, while the U.S. wants to put North Korea in check." . Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump. But we will see what happens.
The President said America would "of course" always consider negotiations with North Korea, but added that talks had failed for the last 25 years.
Speaking to reporters in California on Thursday, Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to discuss in detail the United States military's readiness.
"You know what I can say?" "Our readiness, we are ready".
"It is gaining diplomatic results", Mattis said. "Right now, the tragedy of war is well enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".
On ThursdayNorth Korea threatened to use its young people to "blow the USA from this planet". "It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries". "The people of our country are safe".
The isolated nation, earlier this week, laid out a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles into waters near Guam, a US territory.
"He has disrespected our country greatly, he has said things that are horrific", Trump said about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the country's announcement about a possible missile strike near Guam.
When asked by a reporter Friday about reports of back-channel diplomacy, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy said he didn't "have anything to comment" but added, "Now is not the opportunity for dialogue because we have not seen North Korea's willingness to address. fundamental problems" that include the development of missile and nuclear programs "in defiance of the worldwide community".