US will do everything to avoid nuclear war with North Korea, says treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin

Washington: US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday said that they wanted to avoid nuclear war with North Korea

"The president doesn't want to be in a nuclear war, and we will do everything we can to make sure that doesn't occur," said Mnuchin.

 US will do everything to avoid nuclear war with North Korea, says treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin

File photo of Steven Mnuchin. Reuters

"I can assure you the president's number one priority is the safety of the American people and our allies," he added.

Mnuchin was the latest top official to offer reassurance after US president Donald Trump ratcheted up tension with the North Korea with threats, Xinhua reported.

Trump on Tuesday threatened in a speech at the UN General Assembly that the US "will have no choice than to totally destroy" the country if forced to defend itself or its allies.

After the threat, the North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile on Sunday, a new poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose a preemptive strike on the North Korea and most Americans trust US military leaders instead of US Trump to handle the nuclear crisis responsibly.

According to the Washington Post-ABC News poll, 67 percent of Americans believe that the US should launch a military strike on the North Korea only if the country first attacks them or their allies.

As to their confidence in Trump on solving the North Korea nuclear issue, 37 percent of Americans trust Trump either "a great deal" or "a good amount" to handle the issue in a responsible way, with 42 per cent saying that they trust Trump "not at all."

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2017 08:51:12 IST