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United States believes current North Korea nuclear threat is manageable: White House

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly  walks with Kirstjen Nielsen the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security on the So White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with Kirstjen Nielsen the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security on the So
Dexter Carr | 13 October, 2017, 00:35

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says he's not going anywhere anytime soon.

"A state that has developed a pretty good ICBM (missile) capability and is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle, I would believe ... that that state simply can not have the ability to reach the homeland", Kelly said.

"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow", the retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of homeland security told reporters at the daily White House briefing as reports swirled that he's frustrated as the provocative president's top aide.

Trump has hinted at a preference for military options, although a strike on North Korea could leave close US ally South Korea vulnerable to North Korean military retaliation.

Asked what the president's biggest frustration was, Kelly replied, "One of his frustrations is you".

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The White House chief of staff said Thursday that he was not leaving his job, and he chastised reporters for speculating that his tenure would be brief. Vanity Fair reported Wednesday that Kelly was "miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision".

"I have found that Mr. Trump, from the day I met him, he is a decisive guy, he is a very thoughtful man", Kelly added.

The chief of staff also said the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is "manageable" for now but the isolated nation can not be allowed to develop the ability to strike the United States homeland. All of you. Not all of you, but many of you.

But he offered the assembled reporters a piece of advice: "Maybe develop some better sources".

Kelly also pushed back on the perception that the president strongly desires to increase America's nuclear arsenal. Kelly said Americans should be "concerned" about North Korea since it has developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capability and is developing a vehicle that would allow a missile to survive re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.

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