'N Korea must stand down in its pursuit of nuclear weapons'

Delia Watkins
August 10, 2017

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has told Pyongyang it should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

Mattis added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should "take heed" of the United Nations Security Council's "unified voice", referring to recent sanctions issued against the nation, and called for the country to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

His comments punctuate President Donald Trump's warning that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it threatens the U.S.

"North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States", said a stern-looking Trump, seated with his arms crossed and with his wife beside him, at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said on Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that North Korea had obtained the capability of creating a nuclear warhead small enough to place on a missile.

He added that U.S. and allied militaries now have "the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth".

His statement came just a day after North Korean officials said the regime was considering a strike on the USA territory Guam.

Mattis said in a statement on Wednesday that North Korea "would lose any arms race or conflict in initiates".

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The North Korean regime has conducted 12 tests so far this year, with one ICBM test conducted in late July sending a missile 2,300 miles into space and 45 minutes into the air.

"If the North Koreans were to strike Guam and kill a lot of Americans it would lead to a war which would destroy North Korea, so my guess is this is bluffing on both sides", he said.

A new report said that Pyongyang's nuclear program is progressing.

"There's obviously growing concern, and that concern is fueled when the president of the U.S. deliberately uses language that escalates sort of the war of words and I think, unfortunately, matches the tone and tenor of North Korean officials", Kildee said.

On Wednesday Trump tweeted the United States nuclear arsenal was "stronger and more powerful than ever before" but he hoped it never needed to be used.

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Trump's threat to North Korea "is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment".

Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis echoed his boss's fiery warning Wednesday to the dictator of North Korea with harsh rhetoric of his own. It says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived USA hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

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