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13 August 2017, 06:39 | Opal Carroll
Defense Secretary General James Mattis said Thursday the U.S. military is"ready to counter the nuclear missile threat posed by North KoreaMore
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has insisted that diplomatic efforts to contain the threat posed by North Korea are working, and remain the favored means for solving the crisis.
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.
Mattis's comments today also echo a statement the Secretary of Defense made in May, in which he told a Pentagon press conference that war with North Korea "tragic on an unbelievable scale".
He spoke a day after President Trumpwarned that he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continued to threaten America, rhetoric that suggested the two countries are edging closer to conflict.
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The State Department is holding a briefing a day after it was revealed North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads for use in ballistic missiles, leading to an exchange of threats between the USA and the Kim Jong Un regime.
The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.
'The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic'.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday that Americans had "nothing to fear" from Trump's remarks, and that they had instead been an attempt to use language that Kim Jong Un "would understand". But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.
It called former President Barack Obama a monkey and ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump.
The Pentagon chief on Wednesday issued a carefully worded statement telling North Korea it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the USA, and warning Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people".
South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his US counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said.
Meanwhile North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam.
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