Pentagon Chief Issues Own Sharp Threat To North Korea

Nettie James
August 10, 2017

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Wednesday warned North Korea to stop pursuing nuclear weapons and stop considering actions that would lead to the "destruction of its people".

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates", Mattis said.

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

With his "fire and fury" warning, Trump was trying to speak in a way that would resonate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Tillerson said.

North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month for the first time, and US intelligence agencies assess that Pyongyang is capable of producing a compact nuclear warhead and putting it atop a long-range missile.

Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a U.S. military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

"The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates", said the U.S. defence secretary.

It has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2016. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....

"There's obviously growing concern, and that concern is fueled when the president of the United States 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.

Mattis's remarks could be part of a coordinated effort with the White House to send a tough signal to both North Korea and China, the reclusive country's main ally. A new report says Pyongyang's nuclear program is progressing. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

It cited US intelligence officials.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to allay fears of a military confrontation earlier on Wednesday - defending Trump's comments but telling reporters there was no sign that the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should "sleep well at night".

Tens of thousands of U.S. troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.

Other reports by Insurance News

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