Mattis says United States wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Secretary Mattis says US is 'ready' to counter North Korean threat

Mattis says any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the US, and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started.

Trump did do something: The president issued a memorandum in January ordering a review of America's nuclear arsenal to ensure it is "modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies".

And while Mattis warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by the US 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.

Military action should not be an option when confronting the problem of escalating tensions with North Korea, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said in a statement.

We are united in calling on the North Korean regime to halt its nuclear program. His visit came the day after President Trump said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" in the event of a nuclear attack.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday that Americans had "nothing to fear" from Trump's remarks, and that they had instead been an attempt to use language that Kim Jong Un "would understand". "Let's see what he does with Guam", Trump said in apparent reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of U.S. ally Australia, said he had discussed North Korea and recent United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in a telephone call on Thursday.

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The dollar-denominated RTS index was down 1.5 percent at 1,013 points as of 0834 GMT, taking its year-to-date loss to 12 percent. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, dipped by 2.3 basis points to 2.189%.

Tension in the region has risen since the reclusive North, which staged two nuclear bomb tests past year and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July in defiance of world powers.

In a lengthy exchange with reporters at his Bedminster golf resort, he said past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it was time a president "stuck up for the country".

"Mattis says the tragedy of war is well known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic". But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

Pyongyang on Thursday announced it was finalising a plan to fire four missiles near the United States territory of Guam.

A separate statement by the Korean People's Army (KPA) also threatened to turn Seoul into "a sea of fire", comments condemned yesterday as "thoughtless" by South Korean military officials.

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

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