SecDef: North Korea must join global community, end pursuit of nukes

Elias Hubbard
August 11, 2017

Mattis added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should "take heed" of the United Nations Security Council's "unified voice", referring to recent sanctions issued against the nation, and called for the country to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

In Mattis' statement, he urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and stop isolating itself from the rest of the world.

Pentagon chief Mattis says Pyongyang's actions could lead to "the end of its regime and the destruction of its people". In a pair of tweets, the president said that his first order after taking office was to renovate and modernize the nuclear arsenal, and it is "now far stronger and more powerful than ever before". He said that while the USA is pursuing diplomatic solutions, the combined military power of America and its allies is the most robust on Earth. North Korea will continue to be grossly overmatched by the US and its allies, he said "and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said at his golf resort in New Jersey.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea on Wednesday against taking actions that would force the United States to use its military power to destroy them after its regime threatened to attack the USA territory of Guam.

The nuclear advances were detailed in an official Japanese assessment and a Washington Post story that cited United States intelligence officials and a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency report.

In another statement, quoting a different military spokesman, North Korea also said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the U.S. showed signs of provocation.

The US, which protects its air and naval bases on Guam with advanced missile defenses, appeared prepared to meet the challenge of North Korea's unreliable missiles.

In separate comments, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted in an interview Wednesday to assuage fears about Trump's rhetoric.

"If the North Koreans were to strike Guam and kill a lot of Americans it would lead to a war which would destroy North Korea, so my guess is this is bluffing on both sides", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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