McMaster: US no closer to war with N. Korea in past week

McMaster: US no closer to war with N. Korea in past week
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National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday he doesn't think the U.S. is closer to war now with North Korea than it was a week ago.

"No, I don't think so. I think we're not closer to war than a week ago," McMaster said on ABC's "This Week."

"But we are closer to war than we were a decade ago."

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McMaster said the threat from North Korea to the world is "very, very clear."

"It demands a concerted effort by the United States, but with our allies and with all responsible nations," he said.

"And this is what you've seen the president do is bring together all nations."

The president "made clear that the United States will not tolerate our citizens or our allies being threatened by this rogue regime," he added

"And I think there's a much greater danger if there were to be any kind of degree of ambiguity in connection with the kind of response that Kim Jong Un could expect if he were to threaten the United States or our allies."

President Trump over the past week has intensified his rhetoric against North Korea.

"Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" Trump tweeted.

McMaster was further asked during the interview on Sunday whether the U.S. was "locked and loaded."

"The United States military is locked and loaded every day," McMaster said, adding that the U.S. has "tremendous military capabilities" and a "very high degree of readiness."

"But the purpose of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war."