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Sebastian Gorka, a White House aide has described as "nonsensical" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's statement on the military.

"You should listen to the president; the idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical", Gorka said. -North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said.

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the USA and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments. "Is this part of diplomatic strategy, or did you find those remarks to be unhelpful?" the reporter asked.

But asked whether the United States was ready if North Korea did commit a hostile act, he responded: 'We are ready'.

Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously bad consequences will follow".

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Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam. That is his mandate. Tillerson isn't in charge of defense strategy, he said.

"After the Obama administration imposed sanctions the North Koreans cut off communication", Wit said.

Obviously, the Secretary's comment didn't go down well with Gorka who insisted it was beyond Tillerson's jurisdiction.

"My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed".

"We don't talk about that". "We want to make sure that we don't just retaliate". "We'll see what happens".

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Trump also says the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger.

During a chat with reporters the next day, Tillerson seemed to try and tamp down Trump's heated rhetoric, saying, "I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days".

"It's a good sign" that communication still takes place, he said.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that the Trump administration was working with its allies on a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions with North Korea. He's a Cabinet secretary.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. "He carries a big stick".

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