North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

The secretary issued a statement in response to news that Pyongyang had successfully developed nuclear warheads small enough to put on the head of a ballistic missile that could reach the U.S.

A "grossly overmatched" North Korea "would lose" any conflict it starts, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis warned on August 9.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday warned that war with North Korea would be "catastrophic" and said diplomatic efforts were yielding results.

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".

After days of fiery rhetoric from both the United States and North Korea, Mr Mattis said war would be "catastrophic" and that diplomacy was gaining results.

North Korea "should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said in an August 9 statement.

The Kim Jong-Un "regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates".

Mattis noted that the president was informed that North Korea was a "growing threat last December" and once he was inaugurated, his first orders to Mattis "emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces".

The Pentagon chief on Wednesday issued a carefully worded statement telling North Korea it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the USA, and warning Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people".

"The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", Mattis said.

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