Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Mattis says U.S. wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Mattis says U.S. wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Asked if he thought North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a rational actor, Mattis said he would leave it to those seeking the answer to figure out themselves.

Matthew Rycroft told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that the USA and UK have been very clear in demanding a halt to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

USA defense and national security officials have repeatedly touted the capabilities of the US missile defense shield over the last several weeks, in the wake of a pair of successful test launches by North Korea of its latest intercontinental ballistic missile in July.

Mattis said the Defense Department works very closely with allies to ensure that there are multilateral military options and a military solution to the crisis.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is issuing his own sharp threat to North Korea, saying the regime should cease any consideration of actions that would "lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

Donald Trump's trademark bluster reached new heights on Friday, when he tweeted that US forces were "fully in place, locked and loaded" for an attack on North Korea but a top Pentagon Korea official in the Obama administration says that the president's claim is not just unsafe, it's false.

On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea not to make any more threats against the United States.

"The VIX index struck its most extreme levels since Donald Trump won the United States election".

Mattis told reporters in Mountain View, Calif., that the American effort is focused on diplomacy, the Associated Press reports. He said the USA nuclear arsenal is the most powerful it's ever been under his leadership. The aircraft flew over Japanese airspace before passing over the Korean Peninsula.

"The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons", Mattis said.

President Donald Trump "was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces", Mattis said.

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