North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

The Secretary of Defense's comments come as President Donald Trump has doubled down on comments made on Tuesday, in which he said that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if Kim Jong Un continued making threats against the United States.

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But asked whether the United States was ready if North Korea did commit a hostile act, he responded: 'We are ready'. His political rivals have already learned crossing Trump invites counterattack. Mattis paused for a long moment Thursday before discussing the possibility of nuclear confrontation.

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

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"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now", he added.

Pyongyang has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong U.S. 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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged calm, saying he sees no "imminent threat" of attack. North Korea says it will "keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S". The statement says that "only absolute force" can work on someone as "bereft of reason" as Trump. We obviously reiterate or welcome that commitment to peaceful diplomatic and political solution to the situation.

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "troubled" by the escalating rhetoric from all sides in the North Korea nuclear dispute.

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He warned that the tragedy of war is well known and a military conflict could be 'catastrophic'.

"I think that the President again - as commander in chief - I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea", Tillerson said.

Tension in the region has risen since the reclusive North, which staged two nuclear bomb tests previous year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

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