Mattis: US, Allies Outmatch North Korea Militarily

Mattis: US, Allies Outmatch North Korea Militarily

Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam. "However, right now, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results", Mattis said.

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.

A number of US allies, including Australia and Japan, have said that they're prepared to stand with Trump and will take military action against North Korea if Jong Un launches an attack against Guam, according to Fox News.

North Korea announced that military leaders are planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles only 25 miles off the coast of Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean.

It called former President Barack Obama a monkey and ex-South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

Mattis said the tragedy of war is well-known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".

The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan's Self Defence Forces conducts regularly with their US counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions.

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.

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But UN Secretary General António Guterres hinted that Trump's remarks risked derailing the diplomatic process.

"The Security Council passed a resolution unanimously over the weekend".

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy".

HORSLEY: It's possible Trump's warnings about military action are intended not only for North Korea but also China, the country with the most economic leverage to influence Pyongyang's behavior. And despite Trump's public bluster, the USA has reportedly been carrying on quiet, back-channel negotiations with North Korea through that country's United Nations representatives.

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so".

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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