Mattis: US, Allies Outmatch North Korea Militarily

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

He made it clear that while the State Department is pursuing "diplomatic means" with Pyongyang, "North Korea will be grossly overmatched by the USA and its allies" and would lose any arms race it starts.

The Kim Jong-Un regime has said it now has the capability of striking the USA mainland after two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month.

After days of fiery rhetoric from both the U.S. and North Korea, Mr Mattis said war would be "catastrophic" and that diplomacy was gaining results. Furthermore, it should "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", he said.

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

President Donald Trump "was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces", Mattis said.

"Mattis warned North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree [North Korea] poses a threat to global security and stability".

The UN Security Council on August 5 voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

The Pentagon chief on Wednesday issued a carefully worded statement telling North Korea it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the U.S., and warning Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people".

The secretary called on North Korea to "stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons".

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