Mattis says U.S. wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea


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

Maloney noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that diplomatic efforts to contain the North Korea are working, and should remain the favored means of resolving the crisis.

He spoke a day after President Trump warned 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. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

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North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers.

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

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".

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.

"We're ready", he said, but refused to elaborate on the USA military strategy as he doesn't want to "tell the enemy in advance what I'm going to do".

South Korea's presidential office says top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong will chair a national security council meeting in the afternoon to discuss the North Korean threats. Mattis said that this show of support is heartening.

"How often do you see France, China, Russia, the U.S. voting unanimously on any issue?"