In Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Promotes Diplomatic Solution To North Korea

13 August, 2017, 18:35 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Secretary Mattis says US is 'ready' to counter North Korean threat

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".

"North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation".

And while Mattis warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by the USA 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.

Dujarric says Guterres welcomed the U.N. Security Council's adoption last Saturday of a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea, including banning any coal, iron lead and seafood exports, and is urging all U.N. member states to implement it.

He made it clear that while the State Department is pursuing "diplomatic means" with Pyongyang, "North Korea will be grossly overmatched by the USA and its allies" and would lose any arms race it starts. But when asked how he would gauge the threat from North Korea, the Secretary said it is "a threat to world peace and global order" and that the human toll from such an attack would be "catastrophic".

It called former President Barack Obama a monkey and ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

"The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic", he added. But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

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

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy".

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.

Trump's remarks have prompted a reaction in China, where the state-controlled Global Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that if North Korea launched missiles at the U.S., it should "stay neutral", sending a warning to Pyongyang that Beijing would not support the regime if it made a first move.

Tensions have escalated rapidly in recent weeks after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene. He also held out hope that the tensions won't reach that point.

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