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Military Action Against North Korea Should Not Be an Option - US Congresswoman

13 Août 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said America still hopes to solve the North Korea crisis using diplomacy.

Foreign-policy experts caution, though, the increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un runs the risk that the two countries could stumble into actual conflict.

'But of course if North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously awful consequences will follow, and there's no point ducking that inevitable effect, ' he said, promising Australian military support for the United States if it was attacked.

HORSLEY: Last weekend, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to tough, new sanctions on North Korea.

And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made clear he is open to negotiations if Pyongyang freezes its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump earlier showed no contrition about his remark on Wednesday that aggression by North Korea would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

A number of US allies, including Australia and Japan, have said that they're prepared to stand with Trump and will take military action against North Korea if Jong Un launches an attack against Guam, according to Fox News. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

"The tragedy of war is well enough known", Mattis said, responding to a question about the human toll of a nuclear confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

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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".

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.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy".

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

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

Trump has stated that he is prepared to engage in all-out war if North Korea launches its missiles.

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

Military Action Against North Korea Should Not Be an Option - US Congresswoman