Mattis says United States wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

A pair of B-1B Lancer bombers

A pair of B-1B Lancer bombers

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said America still hopes to solve the North Korea crisis using diplomacy.

Gorka said that the idea that the Secretary of State should "discuss military matters is simply nonsensical", and also appeared to suggest that the US was considering military options against North Korea.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". And by subscribing, you'll also receive full coverage of what's next in technology from the experts trusted by the global aerospace & defense community.

"Mattis says the tragedy of war is well known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic". The country warned that the U.S. Trump has been escalating tensions between North Korea, warning that if leader Kim Jong Un does not stop the country's pursuit of nuclear weapons, he will face "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged calm, saying he sees no "imminent threat" of attack.

'His view and the view of the administration is that the way to resolve the situation with North through these economic sanctions.

"The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight".

An armed conflict between the U.S. and Pyongyang would be a catastrophic event, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Thursday evening.

Mattis referred to that two-track policy on Wednesday.

Trump has stated that he is prepared to engage in all-out war if North Korea launches its missiles. But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

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.

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers, a move that if carried out would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said.

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