"These statements are irresponsible and risky, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people", read the letter which was spearheaded by Rep. John Conyers of Missouri.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) quickly walked back remarks he made Friday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was acting "more responsible" than President Donald Trump, saying it was "tailor-made for somebody to misuse".
The call came after Mr. Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies. I don't think we are there yet.
"It's somewhat reminiscent to me of the history of World War I and how the world kind of blundered into that", Clapper said in an interview with CNN.
"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
The White House said in a statement that Mr. Trump and mr. Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour".
Chinese President Xi Jinping is a "hard-arse" and US President Donald Trump should use clear, quiet diplomacy instead of tweets in dealing with China on North Korea, former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says.
North Korea has responded in kind, assuring the USA of "total defeat" in the event of a war and claiming it is preparing for an attack on the American military base in Guam in mid-August.
"He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before - what will happen in North Korea", Trump told reporters Thursday from his home in Bedminster, New Jersey.