Secretary of Defense James Mattis made his first on-camera remarks Thursday about North Korea's threats to attack Guam with ICBMs, saying that a potential nuclear incident "would be catastrophic". The tragedy of war is well enough known.
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". His comments punctuate President Donald Trump's warning that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the US. The country warned that the U.S.
Meanwhile, France is urging all sides "to act responsibly and to de-escalate" tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"
Asked whether Mr Trump's escalating rhetoric was hurting prospects for reviving negotiations, Mr Rycroft said: "What's hurting the six-party talks is the inability so far of the North Korean regime to do what it has to do which is to halt its nuclear programme and to halt its intercontinental ballistic missile programme". Trump tweeted on August 11.
"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", he said in a statement.
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.
"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".
Mattis said that the USA effort to counter the nuclear missile ambitions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being "diplomatically led". Mattis said that this show of support is heartening.
"How often do you see France, China, Russia, the USA voting unanimously on any issue?"