US, Japan agree to maximize pressure on N. Korea over nuclear program

US surveillance planes are also on the scene

GETTY EYE IN THE SKY The surveillance plane is monitoring the North

The US is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan says, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.

He said: "Threat from North Korea has heightened to levels never seen before".

North Korean Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong threatened the United States and its allies in a written statement submitted at a discussion on nuclear weapons at a U.N. General Assembly Committee Monday, according to Reuters. He added that it is North Korea's prerogative to possess nuclear weapons, as it is the matter of their self-defense.

Reed witnessed the effect of Trump's rhetoric last week during his visit to South Korea and the Demilitarized Zone that separates the rivaling countries.

The North's state media outlet said the regime will continue its nuclear development until it secures a balance of power with the United States.

Not for the first time in recent weeks, there's been another chilling warning from North Korea.

If elements within the Trump administration are at odds, the messages coming out of Europe are also confusing.

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

"The president has also made clear to me that he wants this solved diplomatically". He said the USA can forestall war through unified and consistent rhetoric, increased cooperation with key global players and a focus on increasing diplomatic and military capacity to properly address North Korea. Of course, North Korea has carried out numerous missile tests, and they recently successfully tested a hydrogen bomb warhead.

Such an action by North Korea would certainly bring the world to the brink of World War 3.

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