Pentagon chief issues own sharp threat to North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

"The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Commander (Kim Jong Un) soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment once Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the North Korea, makes a decision", said the spokesman.

Mattis added that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should "take heed" of the United Nations Security Council's "unified voice", referring to recent sanctions issued against the nation, and called for the country to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

Mattis has consistently said that he prefers to resolve issues over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs through diplomacy, noting military action could yield catastrophic consequences.

Trump's language towards North Korea has become increasingly hard-edged since Pyongyang carried out a pair of successful intercontinental ballistic missile tests (ICBM) in July, which put the USA mainland in range for the first time. Those reports appeared to prompt Trump's tirade from Bedminster Tuesday.

In the past he has said that the United States can respond to North Korea, but any military solution would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale". "He [Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening - beyond a normal statement - and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before".

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat.

This comes after the North Korea said it was "carefully examining" plans for a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Tillerson has maintained that the U.S. is open to dialogue with North Korea, if it promises to abandon its development of nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang believes securing ICBMs will allow them to secure the future of their regime - avoiding military intervention which removed dictators from nations such as Iraq and Libya.

He added that U.S. and allied militaries now have "the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth".

Members of the US intelligence community believe that North Korea's nuclear capabilities may be more advanced than initially thought, and the country may have developed the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead that can be placed inside a missile, a USA official confirmed to ABC News Tuesday. "That campaign is working, it is ratcheting up the pressure every day".

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