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Tillerson Seeks to Calm Tension in Asia After Trump’s Korea Remarks

  • ‘Americans should sleep well at night’: Secretary of State
  • U.S. allies Japan and South Korea brush off warnings
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed escalating rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, stating he believes there is not any imminent threat to the U.S. Tillerson spoke with reporters on a flight from Malaysia to Washington, D.C. that included a refueling stop in Guam. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to ease concerns that the U.S. was heading toward a military confrontation with North Korea after President Donald Trump rattled global markets with his warning that he could unleash “fire and fury” against Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days,” Tillerson told reporters on his plane after a tour of Southeast Asia. Trump “felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directed at North Korea,” he said.