Mattis warns North Korea that military action would lead to its destruction

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

The State Department says President Donald Trump is "on the same page" with the rest of US government with his fiery threat to North Korea.

Mattis made the remarks to reporters at an event in California on Thursday, adding that the USA prefers a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said.

Tensions have escalated rapidly in recent weeks after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. In July, North Korea said it would "strike a merciless blow" at the United States if Washington ever attempted to remove Kim from power.

Mattis did not comment directly on the President's remarks.

President Trump, however, drew criticism earlier this week when he threatened North Korea with "fire and fury."Mattis told reporters on the flight Wednesday the president has the prerogative to use whatever rhetoric he chooses".

He told reporters that the diplomacy effort spearheaded by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley "has [gained] diplomatic traction" and "is gaining diplomatic results", according to the BBC. "I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US has the unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part".

North Korea will continue to be grossly overmatched by the USA and its allies, he said, "and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates". "That shows where the Trump administration goes in terms of the prioritizing of the threat but also how to deal with it in a diplomatically effective manner".

"The VIX index struck its most extreme levels since Donald Trump won the U.S. election".

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