Mattis says USA wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Trump: North Korea will be met with

"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", Mattis said.

According to two U.S. military sources which spoke to NBC, U.S. intelligence has identified at least two dozen targets in the DPRK, which they say consist of missile launch sites, testing grounds, storage facilities and support equipment.

Hours after President Donald Trump intensified his threat to rain "fire and fury" upon North Korea, Mattis said war would be "catastrophic".

Far from reassuring everyone the world isn't hurtling towards nuclear destruction, the interview with President Trump's Deputy Assistant instead instilled a foreboding sense of doom amongst listeners.

Meanwhile North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam. He added that he doesn't think North Korea poses an "imminent threat".

He points out the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted last week to characterize North Korea's statements as a "threat to the world's community". "But if the North were to act, the US would have to deploy far more to the peninsula and the region as quickly as possible". "I don't want to, but if we have to, we'll go to war. The Secretary General welcomes all initiatives that will help deescalate tensions and welcomes a return to diplomacy".

"He would lash out militarily, at a minimum against South Korea", Admiral Stavridis said to NBC.

The issue came to the fore again this week when USA intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the US or its allies. The ongoing talks, which were first reported by The Associated Press, included discussions about U.S.

It also said that China and Russian Federation should enhance coordination to let other parties know they would not stand aside should their security be threatened by the escalating tensions.

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