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No ‘fire and fury’ as Trump team talks North Korea with Congress Patricia Zengerle

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s top national security advisers stressed efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis to Congress on Wednesday, staying far from Trump’s tough talk of potential “fire and fury” military responses to Pyongyang’s missile programme.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford held classified briefings on North Korea and Afghanistan for the entire House of Representatives and Senate.

Lawmakers said the officials discussed efforts including consultations with allies, sanctions, pushing for action at the United Nations and military options.

But they said the briefings’ tone was sharply different from some of Trump’s recent public statements. After recent missile launches and nuclear tests by North Korea, the president has vowed to stop the weapons programme and said he would unleash “fire and fury” if Pyongyang threatened U.S. territory.

Mattis also warned of a “massive” military response if the United States or its allies were threatened.

“Each of them was very professional, very measured in what they were saying, and understand the stakes that are in play here. So there’s nothing over-the-top, no over-the-top rhetoric, just a layout of where they are in trying to deal with this issue,” Senator Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

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