Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated Thursday that war with North Korea would be catastrophic, casting a dire tone following President Trump resisted a series of warnings into the rogue nation.
“The American campaign is diplomatically led, it’s diplomatic grip, it is gaining diplomatic outcomes and I would like to stay right there right now,” Mattis said while talking with reporters in Mountain View, California.
“The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn’t require another characterization past the simple fact that it would be catastrophic,” Mattis continued.
Secretary Mattis remarks followed days of escalating dangers between North Korea and the U.S.. When asked about the USA willingness if North Korea were to take action contrary to the U.S. or another nation, KNTV reported that Mattis responded: I dont inform the enemy in advance what’re going to perform Were prepared.
Mattis pointed out the United Nations Security Councils unanimous vote a week to describe North Koreas statements as a threat to the worlds community.
How often to do you visit France, China, Russia, the U.S. voting unanimously on any situation? Mattis asked.
Earlier Thursday, President Trump turned up the heat on North Korea by threatening more powerful consequences if the regime were to attack Guam.
Lets see what he can with Guam, Trump said of North Korea leader Kim Jong Uns risks to hit on the U.S. Pacific territory. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has ever noticed before what will occur in North Korea.
Meanwhile, Australia’s prime minister said his nation might come to the help of america if North Korea attacks Guam.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW: “We’d come to the aid of the USA. How that manifests itself will clearly depend on the circumstances and consultations with our allies.”
Turnbull added: “If North Korea decides to take out some of its violent dangers, then clearly terrible consequences will follow.”
The prime minister says he spoke the threat together with Vice President Mike Pence overnight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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