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    The administration of President Donald Trump needs a plan to deal with North Korea because improvising on the issue puts the United States at risk, US Senator Mark Warner said in a statement on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The senator criticized Trump's "inflammatory rhetoric," saying it undermined US global credibility.

    "It’s also imperative that the Trump administration embrace a robust policymaking process to think through all of our options, and be prepared to be realistic about what response the North Korean threat might require. Improvising our way into a shooting war on the Korean peninsula without a plan puts us all at risk," Warner said.

    "We need fewer fiery words and bombastic tweets from the President and his cable TV surrogates, and more effort to work with our international partners to expand missile defense and deterrence and put forward a strategy to roll back North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Warner said.

    On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea not to make any more threats against the United States or Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" like the world has never seen.

    Following Trump's statement, North Korea announced it was considering missile strikes against the western Pacific island of Guam, where multiple US military bases are located.

    On Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jung-un threatened to take decisive steps against the United States, including "physical action," after the UN Security Council passed new economic sanctions against his country.


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