>> Right now and it is a very bad situation. It will not continue, that I can tell you.>> As President Donald Trump intensifies the rhetoric in a stand off with North Korea, a senior US diplomat has been building a back channel with a top North Korean official for months.
Trying to head off a full-blown conflict. The Associated Press reporting quiet contacts in New York between Joseph Yun, the US envoy for North Korea policy and Pak Sung Il, a senior official based at the country's UN mission. Even as the public war of words grows louder.>> And if he utters one threat, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast
>> Trump on twitter Friday announcing the US military was, quote, locked and loaded should North Korea follow through on its threat to send missiles flying near the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific. But Pentagon correspondent Idris Ali sees few signs US military action is imminent.>> The fact is, we've been told by military officials, that they don't see any additional assets moving into the region right now.
They have not seen the threat assessment or the threat posture from North Korea change, and they have not seen any signs, imminent signs, of North Korea preparing for a launch. The military does not see conflict imminent. Yesterday, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said that while the military was always prepared for options, he believed that diplomacy was a priority and that it was creating traction.
>> The American effort is diplomatically led, and I wanna stay right there right now.>> North Korea's UN mission offering no immediate comment on the reported contacts behind the scenes, but State Department official Patrick Murphy on Friday not ruling it out.>> The North Koreans know how to reach us.
Secretary Tillerson has repeatedly noted that dialogue is an option.>> The tensions soaring this week on word U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea has a missile-ready nuclear warhead. Trump warning any further threats would be met with fire and fury. Pyongyang dismissing the taunt as a quote, load of nonsense.