Tillerson says no 'imminent threat' from North Korea

Tillerson says no 'imminent threat' from North Korea

Speaking to reporters in Mountain View, California, Mattis said that USA efforts on North Korea were now focused on diplomacy, while stressing that his "mission" was to make sure Washington "is to have military options should they be needed".

"The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic", he added.

Mattis' comments follow President Donald Trump's threats against the rogue nation, according to CNN.

Mattis' comments come on the heels of North Korea's state media announcement Thursday that its military would devise a plan by mid-August to fire four intermediate range missiles at the US territory of Guam as a "crucial warning to the U.S".

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"As tensions escalate with North Korea, we must remind ourselves that military action, and risking American soldiers' lives, should never be the first response". The country warned that the U.S.

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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.

The White House has distanced itself from the president's threats, and Mattis maintains that diplomatic efforts are the best way to combat this crisis.

"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", he said in a statement.

Mattis praised the efforts of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that resulted in a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's actions.

He asks, "How often do you see France, China, Russia, the USA voting unanimously on any issue?"

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