In that article, both secretaries made it abundantly clear that the "strategic patience" policy of the Obama administration was a mistake and the USA now pursues a new policy of "strategic accountability", according to which not only the regime in Pyongyang would bear the negative consequences of its irrational actions but also the onus is now on China to act as an "accountable" global power to prove its responsibilities to the maintenance of regional peace and stability in the region.
Going against President Trump's threat of "fire and fury", Bannon suggested Trump should tone down the brinkmanship with North Korea and focus on China instead.
Guterres said on Wednesday it was time to "dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy" on North Korea and that he had told Russia, Japan, the US, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks.
"In light of the serious situation we face, we are accelerating implementation of the 2015 guideline for the U.S. -Japan defence cooperation, and continuing to realign U.S. forces in Japan and Guam", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a news conference.
Guterres spoke by telephone with Deputy Ambassador Kim In Ryong on Tuesday, the North Korean mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Thursday.
Ulchi-Freedom Guardian involves tens of thousands of troops from both nations drilling to achieve peak readiness in the case of conflict.
While North Korea's Deputy Ambassador Kim In-ryong expressed interest in negotiations during his conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, he cautioned that the global community shouldn't expect the nuclear program to be immediately on the table.
North Korea has repeatedly threatened to target Japan, which hosts around 54,000 US military personnel, as well as South Korea and the United States with its missiles.
The U.S. has warned North Korea that it was prepared to meet any eventuality and will take "immediate specific actions" if Pyongyang launched a missile attack against it or its allies.
North Korea claims the annual drills, scheduled for later this month, are a prelude for an invasion.
She said at a briefing that "any attempt at military solution of the problem of the Korean Peninsula will lead to a tragedy on a colossal scale, huge casualties for all conflicting parties, humanitarian, economic and environmental catastrophe".
Fan, the vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, told Dunford that Beijing insists that "negotiations are the only effective option" to solve the issue.
The North Korean official also said his country was ready to retaliate America's pressure on the North's economy and other fields. Trump welcomed the delay as "very wise".