Rex Tillerson says Americans can ‘sleep well at night’ after Trump threatens North Korea with ‘fire and fury’ and Pyongyang warns of attack on Guam

Rex Tillerson has sought to calm nerves in the wake of an exchange of aggressive rhetoric between Donald Trump and the North Korean regime, insisting there was no “imminent threat of war” and that Americans could “sleep well at night”.

The US secretary of state was talking to reporters on the way back to Washington from a tour of Asia hours after Trump had threatened to engulf North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” and Pyongyang responded by saying it was “carefully examining” a plan to carry out a missile strike on Guam, and create an “enveloping fire” around the US territory in the Pacific 3,400km (2,100 miles) from the Korean peninsula.

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