Korea War Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Diplomacy Bearing Fruit: US's Mattis

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

MATTIS: Right now Secretary Tillerson and Ambassador Haley - you can see the American effort is diplomatically led.

Mattis said the tragedy of war is well-known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

'Let's see what he does with Guam.

A new report says Pyongyang's nuclear program is progressing.

Trump is also warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons, saying he'd like to "de-nuke the world".

An armed conflict between the U.S. and Pyongyang would be a catastrophic event, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Thursday evening.

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North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders. That's the preferred way to deal with it, ' Turnbull said in a radio interview.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", he said in a statement.

And while Mattis warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by the US and its allies if a military conflict were to break out, some senior administration officials have provided a counterpoint to the President's more inflammatory rhetoric.

'The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complicated and sensitive.

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

But it also said that if the US and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

Speaking to journalists at his New Jersey golf club, the President said that he didn't think his comments had been "tough enough". Moon is likely to highlight his policy on North Korea on the holiday, the only one the two Koreas share.

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