Obviously this is an ongoing situation that is unpredictable and could go in many directions. We have reported here for some time that Jim Rickards analysis on North Korea is that he sees a 70% chance that a war will happen at some point during 2018. He bases that analysis on the view that North Korea will not give up its nuclear program and the US is serious about not accepting a nuclear armed North Korea.
The two new articles linked just below seem to confirm that nothing is happening so far to change Jim's take on this. Below are links to the articles a a brief excerpt from each article.
H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, said Saturday that the possibility of war with North Korea increases every day the problem over its nuclear program isn’t solved.
“I think it’s increasing every day,” McMaster told Fox News’ Bret Baier at the Reagan National Security Forum in California. “It means we’re in a race. We’re in a race to be able to solve this problem.”
“We’re working to prepare a series of options to make sure that we can deliver a range of things so the president will have the full suite of possibilities. The president is intent on delivering this solution through diplomatic means,” Pompeo told AEI’s Marc Thiessen.
“We are equally at the same time ensuring that if we conclude that is not possible, that we present the president a range of options to achieve what is his stated intention,” Pompeo continued, which he later described as to “denuclearize permanently” North Korea, “that we’re gonna foreclose this risk.”