Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea Wednesday that it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the U.S., telling Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people".
Mattis told North Korea that its actions "will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours", and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict that it starts with the US.
Mattis said that though the State Department is making efforts to resolve the threat using diplomatic means, allied militaries possess "robust defensive and offensive capabilities".
Mattis issued the statement as he traveled to the West Coast.
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After a heated exchange between President Donald Trump and North Korea that culminated in Pyongyang threatening to envelope the United States territory of Guam in missile fire, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid bare the US's resolve against intimidation.
Trump's language towards North Korea has become increasingly hard-edged since Pyongyang carried out a pair of successful intercontinental ballistic missile tests (ICBM) in July, which put the United States mainland in range for the first time.
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"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language", Tillerson said.
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"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said in a statement.
Congressman Dan Kildee of MI was in South Korea wehn the North Korean regime tested another missile.
"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".
The country also, according to another intelligence assessment, is estimated to have at least 60 nuclear weapons. They evoked President Harry Truman's announcement of the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, in which he warned of "a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth". Democratic leaders criticised Trump for his statement on North Korea.
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Mattis provided a powerful follow-up to Trump's warning that Pyongyang would face "fire and fury" should it continue to test missiles, build nuclear warheads and threaten to attack the United States. Japan hosts around 54,000 U.S. military personnel, the U.S. Department of Defense says, and tens of thousands of Americans work in both countries.