Mattis: A War With North Korea Would Be 'Catastrophic'

12 August, 2017, 18:36 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Mattis: US, Allies Outmatch North Korea Militarily

He warned that the tragedy of war is well known and a military conflict could be 'catastrophic'.

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday that when combined the US and its allies have "the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth". "North Korea responding with a threat to U.S. territory after Trump warned them not to threaten the U.S. was never going to go down well", Lawler writes.

"The best way to show how (the threat) is widely gauged, is to look at last weekend when the UN Security Council voted unanimously to characterize this as a North Korean threat to the world's community", he said.

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Trump has stated that he is prepared to engage in all-out war if North Korea launches its missiles.

Mattis' comments come on the heels of North Korea's state media announcement Thursday that its military would devise a plan by mid-August to fire four intermediate range missiles at the USA territory of Guam as a "crucial warning to the U.S".

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

He told reporters that the diplomacy effort spearheaded by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley "has [gained] diplomatic traction" and "is gaining diplomatic results", according to the BBC.

"It's [North Korea's] aligning the United Nations in very serious sanctions, and I would just tell you that it did not happen by accident", Mattis said.

A separate statement by the Korean People's Army (KPA) also threatened to turn Seoul into "a sea of fire", comments condemned yesterday as "thoughtless" by South Korean military officials.

He warned any military actions by North Korea would be "overmatched" by USA armed forces.

"I agree we should explore all diplomatic options before taking military action", Maloney said.

In a diplomatic win for the USA, the measures were approved unanimously - including by Russian Federation and China, the North's sole major ally, according to AFP.

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