President Donald Trump warns the US is “locked and loaded,” while Kim Jong Un’s regime says it could launch missiles toward US territory in the Pacific as soon as next week. Behind the scenes, however, it’s not clear that a major military confrontation is imminent. Trump’s sharp rhetoric is belied by the business-as-usual routines of the US Defense Department, which has been on stand-by for a belligerent act from North Korea for decades. Secretary of Defense James Mattis continued with a previously scheduled trip on the West Coast. Speaking to ...
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First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 20:45 IST