Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

After Trump speech, Mattis says North Korea crisis still 'diplomatic effort'

After Trump speech, Mattis says North Korea crisis still 'diplomatic effort'

The United States hopes to find a diplomatic solution to the situation in North Korea and is addressing it through an worldwide process, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump, in a U.N. address, escalated his standoff with Pyongyang.

Cirincione elaborated by saying that no ballistic missile defense system in existence can even reach the height which the North Korean missile test achieved, according to Defense One.

The series of ballistic missile tests out of North Korea has drawn worldwide attention, with President Donald Trump offering some of the strongest and most controversial rhetoric.

When asked about her comments, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday said there are military options the U.S. can take without putting Seoul at great risk, but he declined to go into detail when pressed by reporters. North Korea has said the tests are meant to develop the capability to hit USA territory with a nuclear weapon.

"No. 1, those missiles are not directly threatening any of us", he said.

Japan relocated four more PAC-3 units to prefectures in western Japan in August after North Korea threatened to fire missiles toward the USA territory of Guam. It would also weaken the worldwide commitment to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang and could spark a global nuclear buildup.


Mattis' comments came on the heels of Trump's much-anticipated inaugural speech to the U.N., in which he railed against the post-war worldwide order the United States built and launched a verbal assault on countries from North Korea to Venezuela to Iran, potentially alienating many partners and allies needed to rein in Pyongyang's weapons programs.

"The bottom line is: The missiles, were they to be a threat - whether it be to USA territory, Guam, [or] obviously Japan's territory - that would elicit a different response from us", he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Two North Korean missiles recently flew over northern Japan.

The UN Security Council has unanimously imposed nine rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006 and Guterres appealed for the 15-member body to maintain its unity on North Korea.

"If we just condemn and threaten, then we are likely to antagonize the countries that we want to influence".

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