Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Mattis warns NKorea against risking 'destruction of its people'

Mattis warns NKorea against risking 'destruction of its people'

North Korea "should cease any consideration of actions that will lead to the end of the regime and destruction of its people", Mattis said in a statement.

Mattis said in a statement that Trump was informed of the growing threat that North Korea poses in December before he took office, and ordered the Pentagon to emphasise ballistic missile defence and nuclear weapons that pose a deterrent to other countries using them. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.

"North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States", said a stern-looking Trump, seated with his arms crossed and with his wife beside him, at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. "As said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before", he said.

While the 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.

Mattis' comments followed North Korea's threats of a missile attack on a United States base on Guam in the Pacific this morning and Donald Trump's unexpected, stark promise to respond with "fire and fury" against the nation last night.

Mr Mattis said any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the U.S., and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".

The news comes after dictator Kim Jong Un threatened to attack USA forces in Guam after revelations that his regime now has mini-nukes.

North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group. On Saturday, for example, members of the U.N. Security Council approved new economic sanctions on the regime.

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". Democratic leaders criticised Trump for his statement on North Korea. Japan hosts around 54,000 U.S. military personnel, the U.S. Department of Defense says, and tens of thousands of Americans work in both countries.

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