Mattis says United States wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

Mattis made the remarks to reporters at an event in California on Thursday, adding that the USA prefers a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat.

Speaking to reporters in Mountain View, California, Mattis said that US efforts on North Korea were now focused on diplomacy, while stressing that his "mission" was to make sure Washington "is to have military options should they be needed". "It doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".

President Donald Trump "was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces", Mattis said.

The Secretary spoke to reporters at the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, also known as DIUx, in Mountain View.

The UN Security Council on August 5 voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

Mattis did not comment directly on the President's remarks.

North Korea said on Wednesday it was considering a missile attack on the U.S. island of Guam, which hosts several United States military bases.

Mattis says United States wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

The North is responding to Trump's threat in a statement from its military carried by state-run news agency KCNA.

North Korea announced that military leaders are planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles only 25 miles off the coast of Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific Ocean.

Mattis also noted that the U.S.is also ready for a military conflict if it comes to that.

Military action should not be an option when confronting the problem of escalating tensions with North Korea, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement.

The Kim Jong-Un "regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates".

"I think that the President again - as commander in chief - I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea", Tillerson said.

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