Mattis warns of risk of war, pushes N. Korea diplomacy

Geneva Matthews
August 17, 2017

Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Monday praised the country's strategic force for making a detailed plan for launching missile strikes against the US territory of Guam in the Pacific, said official media Tuesday.

Meanwhile, South Korean and United States officials have also sought to play down the risks of an imminent conflict, helping soothe global concerns somewhat on Monday.

But Mattis told reporters that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", he said on Twitter before retweeting Pentagon photos of B1 bombers that are said to be key to USA plans to strike the North.

The U.S. wants to peacefully resolve tensions with North Korea, but Washington is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities, Dunford said.

If North Korea fires missiles deemed to be a threat to Guam, "then it's game on, and we will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States", Mattis said. Gabriel has spoken with his counterparts in China, the United States and South Korea in recent days, and said these talks would continue.

"The U.S. has done all sorts of wrongs to the DPRK... but now it finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK". He said: "I can confidently say there will not be a war again on the Korean Peninsula". Other nuclear-armed regimes have similarly engaged in "unspeakable brutality" against their own people and posed direct threats to the USA, but they have refrained from using nuclear weapons against the US and its allies because they believed that they would invite their own destruction if they did so.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff, saying that "there must not be another war on the Korean Peninsula".

The article took a softer tone on North Korea than the president, who warned Pyongyang last week of "fire and fury" if it launched an attack.

According to the AP, the officials further said that "only absolute force" can work on someone as "bereft of reason" as Trump.

He "conveyed America's readiness to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the USA homeland", said spokesman Captain Darryn James.

North Korea threatened to shoot four missiles into the sea off Guam following heated exchanges with the USA over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. "I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today".

However, North Korea reiterated its threats, with its official KCNA news agency saying "war can not be blocked by any power if sparks fly due to a small, random incident that was unintentional".

"Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said.

That could refer to the U.S.

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