gpolit.com
gpolit.com October 24, 2017


Mattis warns NKorea against risking 'destruction of its people'

10 August 2017, 12:12 | Camille Rivera

If N. Korea launches nukes, Washington's not allowed to have evacuation plan

US warns North Korea to avoid destruction of its people

US Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a dramatic warning to North Korea to "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people" on Wednesday - just one day after President Donald Trump warned that the US could unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.

"Kim Jong Un 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", he said, according to The Hill.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro said that the missile that North Korea was threatening to hit Guam with was tested in May and South Korea's intelligence analysts concluded it was capable of flying up to 5,000 kilometres, "which does make Guam well within striking range".

Mattis stressed that his first talks with Trump centered around the US's ability to defend against and deter nuclear missile attacks. Three U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States had not moved additional assets into the region after North Korea's threats against Guam.

Mattis's tone was at odds with that of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who earlier said he did not believe "there is any imminent threat" to Guam or other USA targets and hoped that diplomatic pressure would prevail in the crisis.

"There had not been any discussions about escalating the rhetoric in response to Kim's statements or about the possible effects of doing that", the official said.

"We always maintain a high state of readiness and have the capabilities to counter any threat, to include those from North Korea", Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, told Business Insider.

"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. "You've got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", McCain said in a radio interview. The US now puts the North Korean arsenal at up to 60 nuclear weapons, more than double most assessments by independent experts, according to the Post's reporting. Democratic leaders criticised Trump for his statement on North Korea.

Mattis also lauded the State Department's efforts to bring a diplomatic solution to the Korean peninsula's conflict.

Tens of thousands of United States troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons. Its population is around 160,000 - but only about 6,000 U.S. troops are now stationed there.



Other News

Trending Now

Houston family blames United Airlines for death of 5-year-old dog
However, the annual 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study by market research firm J.D. It bumped 1,064 passengers from January to June of this year, matching the industry average.

Jacob Zuma faces rebellion from MPs in confidence vote
While that was not the case, at least 26 MPs from the ruling African National Congress party voted for Zuma's removal from office. Some members of the ANC called the motion a regime change orchestrated by opposition parties to oust the ANC government.

Earnings on the Doorstep For CVS Health Corporation
Sussman Andrew also sold $1.13M worth of CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS) shares. 127 funds opened positions while 440 raised stakes. ValuEngine downgraded CVS Health Corporation from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd.

Dow notches 9th straight record close
Armstrong Flooring shares slumped 17.5 percent after the company's latest results fell well short of analysts' forecasts. Avis Budget Group slumped 9.9 percent after the auto rental company cut its guidance following a weak second quarter.

PS4 Firmware Update 5.0 to Reportedly Add 1080p 60fps Twitch Streaming Support
Expect 5.00 sometime in the near future alongside an overhauled PlayStation App that isn't quite as useless as it now is. This will allow each sub/child account to have different communication, content-viewing and spending limit privileges.

Trump adviser says Minnesota mosque blast could be 'fake hate crime'
If the White House wants to wait until it's absolutely certain the president has all the facts about what happened, fine. On the flip side, Trump's often eager to jump into breaking stories and declare jihadist terrorists were to blame.

Teenager killed in Tral clashes near gunfight site
The security personnel in retaliation fired pellets, tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge. The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Gulabbagh in Tral area of the district.

Lorde to play at the MTV Video Music Awards
All three are huge artists who released records that were played on repeat (seriously, enough with "Shape Of You") all year. Fifth Harmony are also nominated twice this year: Best Pop Video and Best Choreography for "Down" featuring Gucci Mane .

United Kingdom ex-policeman jailed for filming nudists from helicopter
Before sending Pogmore down for 12 months, Judge Kelson said: "Without the thin blue line this country would fall into anarchy". The videos were not discovered until March 2015, when the tapes were found in a drawer Pogmore used at a police station.

Mourinho Comments On Possible Zlatan Return
However, United manager Mourinho spoke to Premium Sport and hinted Ibrahimovic could return to Old Trafford. "Maybe he's with us". AC Milan have spent over £150 million in the transfer market this summer but are keen on signing another striker.