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Secretary Mattis says U.S. is 'ready&apos to counter North Korean threat

Defense Secretary General James Mattis said Thursday the U.S. military is"ready to counter the nuclear missile threat posed by North KoreaMore

Defense Secretary James Mattis said during a August 11 press conference that a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic". Those options include strikes by up to six nonnuclear Boeing B-1B bombers. He cautioned if that country should act unwisely, military solutions are now fully in place. And by subscribing, you'll also receive full coverage of what's next in technology from the experts trusted by the global aerospace & defense community.

Secretary Mattis, the former general whose nickname is Mad Dog, sounded cautious this week when he warned war with North Korea would be catastrophic. North Korea says it will "keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S".

President Donald Trump again stepped up the rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, saying an earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack was not tough enough.

Mattis did not comment directly on the President's remarks.

Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

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'His view and the view of the administration is that the way to resolve the situation with North Korea.is through these economic sanctions.

And while Mattis warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by the USA and its allies if a military conflict were to break out, some senior administration officials have provided a counterpoint to the President's more inflammatory rhetoric.

An armed conflict between the U.S. and Pyongyang would be a catastrophic event, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on Thursday evening.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.in tackling this threat and many others. The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity".

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his US counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

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