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Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mattis says U.S. wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

Mattis says U.S. wants diplomatic solution for N. Korea

In an interview with BBC radio, Gorka called it "nonsensical" for Tillerson to discuss military action against North Korea, saying that it was the job of Secretary of Defense James Mattis to discuss military options. -North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said.

The Pentagon chief on Wednesday issued a carefully worded statement telling North Korea it would be "grossly" outmatched in any conflict with the United States, and warning Pyongyang to stop considering any action that risked "the destruction of its people".

The State Department spokeswoman said she wouldn't comment directly on Gorka's remarks, but noted that Tillerson and Mattis have a close working relationship.

Earlier this week, Gen. Kim Rak-Gyom, who heads North Korea's rocket command, said in a statement carried by state media that Pyongyang was "about to take" military action near the USA territory of Guam.

Responding to a North Korea's threat to fire four missiles in the waters off the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, home to U.S. military bases, Trump vowed a tough response.

"But the last person in the world you want to give a missile with a nuclear weapon on top is Kim Jong Un, given the way he's treated his own people, and what he's said about us".

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"I was not elected, the American people elected the president", he said. "But if the North were to act, the US would have to deploy far more to the peninsula and the region as quickly as possible".

"I don't tell the enemy in advance what we are going to do", he said, adding that in the event of an attack, "We are ready".

"In theory it can show the administration understands that in order to accomplish things it not only needs to adopt maximum pressure, but also have some discussion with the North Korea", Wit said. "The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity".

And he points to another sign that the U.S.is not moving toward war with North Korea: There have been no efforts to evacuate the at least 150,000 USA citizens living in South Korea.

The Global Times is a state-sanctioned tabloid known for its nationalistic and often anti-West editorials, and its views do not always represent official Chinese government policies.

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