Mattis says the tragedy of war is well known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".
Mattis' comments come on the heels of North Korea's state media announcement Thursday that its military would devise a plan by mid-August to fire four intermediate range missiles at the US territory of Guam as a "crucial warning to the U.S". A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true. The country warned that the U.S.
If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.
Though not a direct response to the "fire and fury" statement, North Korea's army announced hours after that it was preparing a plan for missile strike on the USA territory of Guam should Washington carry out military action against the DPRK.
"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
The White House has distanced itself from the president's threats, and Mattis maintains that diplomatic efforts are the best way to combat this crisis.
A separate statement by the Korean People's Army (KPA) also threatened to turn Seoul into "a sea of fire", comments condemned yesterday as "thoughtless" by South Korean military officials.
When asked what options the USA has ready, Mattis declined to answer, saying instead, "I'm not going to tell the enemy what we're going to do". "That shows where the Trump administration goes in terms of the prioritizing of the threat but also how to deal with it in a diplomatically effective manner".
Over the weekend, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to add new sanctions on North Korea in response to its ballistic missile tests.
"How often do you see France, China, Russia, the USA voting unanimously on any issue?"
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