President Donald Trump has offered a harrowing ultimatum to North Korea if the country continues to threaten the United States.
English said Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee was working with officials on "what to make of the comments" and what the implications might be.
The Korean People's Army claimed in a statement that it was looking into a plan to hit Guam, a US territory, with missiles that would create an "enveloping fire" around the island.
Bill English has uncharacteristically weighed into United States politics, making a direct assessment of President Donald Trumps threats towards North Korea today as "not helpful". "We all understand that", Turnbull said on Wednesday. "If a man walks up to you in the street...and puts a gun to your head and says, 'Give me your money, ' wouldn't you rather know where he's coming from before he had the gun in his hand?" They are the ones that are acting illegally.
"It's not awful in what he said", the senator said.
Trump didn't delve into any specifics - he's not a detail-oriented kind of guy - but when a sitting American president effectively threatens a rogue adversary with a nuclear attack, it'd be helpful to get some clarification. The country said the missiles had the distance to reach the United States. "President Trump must rise to this responsibility and stop issuing risky, inflammatory statements".
You have to view Trump's comments in context.
"In the morning of August 8 the air pirates of Guam again appeared in the sky above South Korea to stage a mad-cap drill simulating an actual war", the statement reads.
"What we need is a dialogue to reduce tension and avoid catastrophic miscalculation".
Congressman Eliot Engel, who is the Democratic senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Trump's remarks sounded insane, and chastised him for drawing an "absurd" red line that Kim would inevitably cross. "Reckless War Frenzy Slammed", in which the propaganda arm blamed Washington for making plans to carry out a pre-emptive strike against North Korea.
The U.S. has also been flexing its military muscles and conducting tests of its anti-missile THAAD weapons system.
The progress means North Korea is further along the path to having a deployable nuclear missile than has previously been acknowledged.
"If the USA does not retract its attempt to crush us to death and behave prudently, we will be ready and not hesitate to take ultimate measures", Pyongyang said in a statement published by the state-run KCNA news agency.