Mattis warns North Korea to stand down or face 'end of regime'

Frederick Owens
August 11, 2017

His comments come after the North Korean military threatened a missile strike near the US territory of Guam, in response to comments made by President Donald Trump and a Pentagon bomber operation in the region.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis briefs the press prior to a commemoration of the Marshall Plan at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, June 28, 2017.

The threat was prompted by a statement from President Trump, in which he said that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday voted 15-0 to impose new sanctions on North Korea that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called "a gut punch" to Pyongyang.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that war with North Korea would be "catastrophic", casting a dire tone after President Trump unleashed a string of warnings to the rogue nation.

Pyongyang's state-run KCNA news agency issued an update on its strike plans after Trump's incendiary comments on Tuesday that threats to the United States from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury".

Mr Mattis issued the stern warning one day after the Washington Post reported that North Korea had developed miniaturised nuclear warheads that could be capable of striking the United States.

The European Union says it has slapped sanctions on nine North Koreans and four entities including the state-owned Foreign Trade Bank, in addition to those already on its sanctions list. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.

Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Despite the ominous developments, South Korean officials said the situation on the peninsula has not yet reached the crisis stage. "So the American people should sleep well at night".

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