Defense Secretary Jim Mattis steps in to say war with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’ after Trump warns his ‘fire and fury’ threat ‘wasn’t tough enough’
US Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke amid rising tensions with North Korea
Donald Trump has stepped up rhetoric following threats on US territory Guam
He said earlier vow to unleash ‘fire and fury’ on the North did not go far enough
But Mattis has called for a more peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the crisis
By JAY AKBAR FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:05 BST, 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 BST, 11 August 2017
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said war with North Korea would be ‘catastrophic’ as tensions with the reclusive nation reach breaking point.
But asked whether the United States was ready if North Korea did commit a hostile act, he responded: ‘We are ready.’
President Donald Trump again stepped up the rhetoric against North Korea on Thursday, saying an earlier threat to unleash ‘fire and fury’ on Pyongyang if it launched an attack was not tough enough.
But Mattis has urged a more peaceful resolution, saying: ‘The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now.