Nuclear confrontation with North Korea would be "catastrophic": Mattis

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Pyongyang has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong USA backing, and Washington's use of Guam as a staging ground for its stealth bombers, which could be used to attack North Korea and are a particularly sore point with the ruling regime in Pyongyang.

The Kim Jong-Un regime has said it now has the capability of striking the USA mainland after two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month.

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


On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea not to make any more threats against the United States.

"The best way to show how (the threat) is widely gauged, is to look at last weekend when the UN Security Council voted unanimously to characterize this as a North Korean threat to the world's community", he said.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

"North Korea responding with a threat to USA territory after Trump warned them not to threaten the U.S. was never going to go down well", Lawler writes.


"My responsibility is to have military options if needed", Mattis told a group of reporters in Mountain View, California, where he was visiting a new Department of Defense arm created to speed the integration of new technologies into the US military.

Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended Trump's remarks.

'The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complicated and sensitive.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will hold the briefing.


"But Guam's former delegate to Congress, Robert Underwood, says he's concerned the 160,000 people of Guam are getting forgotten with President Donald Trump's escalating rhetoric toward North Korea". "So the American people should sleep well at night".

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