Sen. Reed urges Trump to stop the 'harmful' rhetoric on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a missile in this undated

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a missile in this undated

As tensions continue to simmer between the USA and North Korea, we are seeing mixed messages coming from Europe over support for the Trump administration's policy towards the hermit nation.

He said North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, called the escalating war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un a threat to diplomacy.

He stated that the United States deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea in 1957 and for the past 40 years conducted large-scale military exercises involving the use of strategic weapons.

Kim issued a strong warning stating that the entire USA mainland is in their firing territory, and in case of any wrong deed by Trump, the United States will not be able to escape from severe punishment. Sure, it might strike vulnerable targets in South Korea, Japan or the Pacific region - but it would do so knowing it could be utterly destroyed in return.

North Korea issued a strong warning to countries at the United Nations on Monday, stating that the countries all across the globe will be safe from retaliation unless they join the United States in military action against the Pyongyang. The comments made by Trump indicated a possible military action against Pyongyang.

It comes as joint naval drills began off the Korean Peninsula between South Korea and U.S. forces following North Korea's continued threats to fire missiles toward the USA territory of Guam.

The UN Security Council has unanimously ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006.

An anonymous North Korean official told CNN on Monday that Pyongyang would not pursue diplomacy with Washington before they can develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach "all the way to the East coast of the mainland United States".

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