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Trump threats undercut efforts to settle North Korea issue: Analyst

US President Donald Trump speaks during a security briefing on August 10, 2017, at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea undercut efforts to try to settle Pyongyang’s nuclear issue in a peaceful way, says a political analyst.

“The issue here is that the North Korea [crisis] needs to be resolved, but it is not going to be resolved without China, Russia, South Korea and Japan. This kind of needless warmongering type of talk is more... [like] playground bully[ing]. It is hard to believe that the president of the United States has engaged in these things,” Einar Tangen told Press TV in an interview on Friday.  

On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury."

Just hours after Trump made the threat, North Korea said it was considering plans for a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Trump's "fire and fury" comments has triggered concern among some US allies, including Japan and South Korea, and surprised regional powers China and Russia. Analysts reported deep anxiety in the region over the prospect that a war of words could easily turn into a real one.

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