Mattis: US Prefers Diplomatic Approach

Secretary Mattis says U.S. is 'ready&apos to counter North Korean threat

Defense Secretary General James Mattis said Thursday the U.S. military is"ready to counter the nuclear missile threat posed by North KoreaMore

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. Those options include strikes by up to six nonnuclear Boeing B-1B bombers.

But asked whether the United States was ready if North Korea did commit a hostile act, he responded: 'We are ready'. And by subscribing, you'll also receive full coverage of what's next in technology from the experts trusted by the global aerospace & defense community.

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

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

President Donald Trump says that perhaps his "fire and fury" warning to North Korea "wasn't tough enough". "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear he is open to negotiations if Pyongyang freezes its nuclear and missile programs.

"China should make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA territories and triggers US retaliations, China will stay neutral".

Mattis referred to that two-track policy on Wednesday.

Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of U.S. ally Australia, said he had discussed North Korea and recent United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in a telephone call on Thursday.

North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the tackling this threat and many others".

HORSLEY: It's possible Trump's warnings about military action are intended not only for North Korea but also China, the country with the most economic leverage to influence Pyongyang's behavior.

South Korean and US troops are also gearing up for an annual joint drill from August 21, called the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, in which up to 30,000 USA troops will take part.

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

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