US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has insisted that diplomatic efforts to contain the threat posed by North Korea are working. Hours later though President Donald Trump intensified his threat to rain “fire and fury” upon North Korea, saying his comments have not been harsh enough.
It is the second time this week that a key member of the US administration has tried to calm the waters after bellicose comments from the President. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also sought to promote dialogue and diplomacy over military action. Meanwhile, on Twitter Friday morning President Trump said that he had a range of military solutions to use against North Korea, should he need them.