Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tillerson says no 'imminent threat' from North Korea

Tillerson says no 'imminent threat' from North Korea

"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now", he told reporters in Mountain View, California, according to Fox News.

Speaking to reporters in Mountain View, California, Mattis said that US efforts on North Korea were now focused on diplomacy, while stressing that his "mission" was to make sure Washington "is to have military options should they be needed". Trump added that "maybe the statement wasn't tough enough" and that North Korea can expect a reaction "of the likes of which nobody has seen before" if Jong-un strikes Guam.

He spoke a day after President Trump warned that he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continued to threaten America, rhetoric that suggested the two countries are edging closer to conflict. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

Pyongyang on Thursday announced it was finalising a plan to fire four missiles near the United States territory of Guam. The country warned that the U.S.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

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Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended Trump's remarks.

Mattis also noted that the also ready for a military conflict if it comes to that.

Mattis said the North Korean leader "should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability".

In a diplomatic win for the United States, the measures were approved unanimously - including by Russian Federation and China, the North's sole major ally, according to AFP.

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.

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