Can US Attack North Korea and Claim 'Self Defense'?

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Drowned out by the furore over President Trump's warning to North Korea of "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to entertain negotiations. The ongoing talks, which were first reported by The Associated Press, included discussions about U.S.

The meetings, led by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun and reported on by CNN, have focused on Americans detained in North Korea, but have also touched on the relationship between the two countries. "We have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk", Tillerson said at an Asian security meeting in the Philippines this week, adding that negotiations would be welcomed on the condition that North Korea stops testing missiles that could potentially reach the USA mainland-a major concern, given that North Korea has significantly advanced its weapons program since the last serious negotiations with the U.S.

President Trump, in some ways, has been more flexible in his approach to North Korea than President Barack Obama.

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He added a refrain heard often from the administration - that the USA will not negotiate its way to the negotiating table, and that now is not the right time for dialogue because North Korea has not shown a willingness to address issues of concern.

North Korea responded with a specific threat, saying it would attack the waters around the USA territory of Guam. "They didn't want to take on the issue and I have no choice but to take it on".

On Friday, he tweeted: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". "Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

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Australia, a long-time United States ally, has stated that it will invoke a mutual defense if the USA is attacked by North Korea. Hours later, state media in North Korea reported that its leaders were seriously considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.

During a Fox & Friends interview, Southern Baptist minister and outspoken Trump backer Rev. Robert Jeffress claimed that "the Bible, especially Romans 13, does give President Trump moral authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or even war, to topple an evil dictator like Kim Jong-un". "And I think China will do a lot more".

"The United States government can, and does, work with countries to address serious concerns such as North Korea while also pursuing measures to address economic concerns, such as the theft of U.S. intellectual property", a U.S. National Security Council official said. "He has genuine concern about the direction of events in North Korea".

There, Yun learned about the health condition of Otto Warmbier, the young American who had gone to North Korea on a short trip, only to be arrested for allegedly stealing a poster.

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