Mattis: North Korea diplomacy working despite Trump threats

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

"The rhetoric is up to the president", Mattis said.

"Do I have military options?"

"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now", Mattis said at an event in California.

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".

Mattis pointed to last weekend's unanimous vote by the U.N. Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea as a sign of robust diplomatic activity.

"The tragedy of war is well enough known".

"That would be the clearest indication that we were headed toward war", Pollack says. Striking a defiant tone on Thursday evening, he told reporters: "Maybe it wasn't tough enough".

Trump has notched up his criticism of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he has "gotten away with [horrific] things for a long time between him and his family" and that he wouldn't let Kim "get away it" now.

Asked whether Mr Trump's escalating rhetoric was hurting prospects for reviving negotiations, Mr Rycroft said: "What's hurting the six-party talks is the inability so far of the North Korean regime to do what it has to do which is to halt its nuclear programme and to halt its intercontinental ballistic missile programme".

Diplomats from each country, including US envoy to North Korea Joseph Yun and North Korean diplomat Pak Song Il are maintaining a relationship with each other in NY, fostered as well by outside groups that favor direct engagement. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so". The move was condemned by United States, South Korea and Japan.

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