Mattis cagey on military solution to North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

His comments punctuate President Donald Trump's warning that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the US.

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

President Trump's "locked and loaded" remark on Friday - part of his ongoing exchange with the North Korean regime - might have set the world more on edge. "However, right now, Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson, Ambassador [to the U.N. Nikki] Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results".

While speaking to reporters at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) event in Mountain View, California, he was asked by a reporter, "Can you talk about the human toll we might see in the event of a nuclear confrontation?" "That's where we've been, that's where we are right now and that's where we hope to remain", he said. We obviously reiterate or welcome that commitment to peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation. He said Kim Jong Un's regime should listen to and "act on that clarity".

Matthew Rycroft told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that the U.S. and UK have been very clear in demanding a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

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. In dealing with North Korea, Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton and Ambassador Joseph Yun have been stellar in helping us develop these policies and carry them out,"Washington examiner quoted Tillerson as saying". The move was condemned by United States, South Korea and Japan.

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