US defense chief warns North Korea that it risks the ‘destruction of its people’

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US defense chief warns North Korea that it risks the ‘destruction of its people’
The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 9, 2017 | Julian Borger in Washington and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Posted on 8/9/2017, 3:22:50 PM by 2ndDivisionVet

The US defense secretary, James Mattis, has warned the North Korean regime that it risked the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people” if it attacked Washington or its allies, as an eruption of brinksmanship from both sides rattled the region.

Mattis’s Wednesday reminder to Pyongyang that the allied militaries “possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth”, capped an unprecedented 24 hours of sabre-rattling sparked by Donald Trump’s surprise threat to rain “fire and fury” down on the Pyongyang regime.

The defense secretary, however, couched his remarks in the language of traditional deterrence, making clear that such overwhelming force would be used in the event of a North Korean attack.

Trump – without consulting his own security staff – had warned of a devastating onslaught “like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong-un’s government simply persisted in threats against the US. But that line was crossed within hours when Pyongyang announced it was “carefully examining” a plan for a missile strike an “enveloping fire” around the US Pacific territory of Guam.

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, also spent much of the day struggling to contain the fall-out from Trump’s threats on Tuesday, assuring Americans they could “sleep well at night”, and reassuring shocked allies that there was “no imminent threat of war”(continued)

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Click to Add Topic
KEYWORDS: korea; mattis; trump; war; Click to Add Keyword

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