Mattis: US Prefers Diplomatic Approach

Mattis: US Prefers Diplomatic Approach

US Department of Defense (MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) - Secretary of Defense James Mattis made his first on-camera remarks Thursday about North Korea's threats to attack Guam with ICBMs, saying that a potential nuclear incident "would be catastrophic".

Mattis says any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the USA, and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started. And I want to stay right there right now.

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".

Speaking to journalists at his New Jersey golf club, the President said that he didn't think his comments had been "tough enough".

Japan said Thursday it could shoot down missiles for its USA ally if North Korea fires them at Guam.

Mattis also noted that the U.S.is also ready for a military conflict if it comes to that.

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All the players were there and we discussed how we could take our game forward, and how we're going to win games. Anything over 375 will be a real bonus as like in the first two Tests, Sri Lanka will again have to bat last.

The South Korean government has maintained that it is open to dialogue with the North, and that a diplomatic solution to the DPRK issue could be achieved.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

It says North Korea will complete a plan by mid-August for the "historic enveloping fire at Guam", convey it to the commander in chief of its nuclear force and then "wait for his order".

Tillerson's more moderate line, however, was seemingly dismissed by Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka in an interview with BBC on Thursday.

"My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options if you need it", Mattis responded.

Military action should not be an option when confronting the problem of escalating tensions with North Korea, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement.

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