Mattis cagey on military solution to North Korea

Tillerson says no 'imminent threat' from North Korea

"The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic", he added.

Market volatility jumped as traders reacted to growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea despite US Defence Secretary James Mattis saying that any conflict between the two nations would be "catastrophic". "North Korea responding with a threat to USA territory after Trump warned them not to threaten the United States was never going to go down well", Lawler writes.

In Mattis' statement, he urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and stop isolating itself from the rest of the world.

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North Korea said Wednesday morning that it was considering plans to strike Guam with ballistic missiles. The country warned that the U.S.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" if Pyongyang made any further threats against the United States.

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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".

"It's [North Korea's] aligning the United Nations in very serious sanctions, and I would just tell you that it did not happen by accident", Mattis said.

He told reporters that the diplomacy effort spearheaded by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley "has [gained] diplomatic traction" and "is gaining diplomatic results", according to the BBC.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said.

"We're ready", he said, but refused to elaborate on the USA military strategy as he doesn't want to "tell the enemy in advance what I'm going to do". She says the world, too, is speaking with once voice.

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