12 Aug '17, 3am

Despite North Korean threats, no shift in US military footing evident - Pacific

The U.S. military does not appear to be moving toward a wartime footing with North Korea despite President Donald Trump's repeated threats this week of military action against Pyongyang, with few if any additional military forces moving into the region and the Pentagon chief emphasizing diplomacy over bloodshed. The military posture has effectively remained the same even as Trump said Friday that he hopes North Korean officials "fully understand the gravity of what I said" and that "those words are very, very easy to understand." But it appears Trump is still waging a rhetorical war rather than preparing to launch a military one. Among the signals that a major U.S. operation is not imminent is a trip just underway by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a small cadre of his staff. He arrived Friday in Hawaii with plans to visit Jap...

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